Chelsea Chaney Sued School For Using Bikini Picture For A Seminar

In an attempt to address Internet safety issues, a local school used a photograph of college freshman, Chelsea Chaney, in a bikini to emphasise their point. However, Chaney is now suing the school because they didn’t ask permission before using the picture in a district-wide seminar.

According to reports, the Fayette County Schools Director of Technology used a photograph taken from Chaney’s Facebook page to show parents and students the dangers of posting such pictures, and the lasting implications that such actions can have.

Furthermore, the photograph was used alongside the title “Once it’s there, it’s there to stay.”

Although Chelsea Chaney admits uploading the picture to Facebook, she has claimed that she only thought friends and family could access her profile and not strangers.

Ironically, however, her reaction does seem to prove the point the Fayette County School was trying to achieve about Internet safety.

On the other hand, her admission does seem quite a common thing for many Facebook users to say, as shown in The Inquisitr’s article asking how you can stay safe when using the site.

However, it is worth noting that Facebook does appear to be continuously changing their privacy and photograph policies in an attempt to make the social network safer.

Although their most recent policy update isn’t about privacy but about allowing mastectomy photos, their actions do seem to suggest that they take user’s comments and suggestions on board.

Despite the upset, the Chaney family apparently tried to settle the matter outside of the courtroom, however, when the school refused to reach a mutual resolution the family decided to hire an attorney.

After opting for this course of action, Chaney and her attorney are suing the school for $2 million. Chelsea Chaney claims that she is asking for such a large amount because she wants her claim to be taken seriously.


To stress how questionable the Fayette School’s actions are, Chaney’s attorney, Pete Wellborn, had this to say:

“Their idea that putting something on Facebook gives them a license to steal it and Carte blanche to do with it what they did is wrong ethically, it’s wrong morally and it’s absolutely wrong legally,”

Whichever way you look at this case, it would seem that Chelsea Chaney isn’t willing to back down from her decision to sue to school


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