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Facebook Litigation: Teacher Sued for Mocking Student's Hairstyle

By Adam Ramirez on April 14, 2011 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Facebook now has half a billion (with a "b") users worldwide. New lawsuits and evidence are born on the website every time someone posts to a Wall online.

Here's another example of how Facebook litigation is fast becoming the wave of the future.

After Lucinda Williams outfitted her 7-year-old daughter with Jolly Rancher hair, she sent her off to Chicago's Overton Elementary for its scheduled picture day. Unfortunately, the girl's computer teacher was amused by the look, taking a photo to share with her Facebook friends.

The teacher and their friends made fun of the girl, and the teacher is now being sued.

Lucinda Williams is a hairdresser, so when her second grader asked her to recreate a hairstyle from a magazine for picture day, she didn't hesitate--even though it required her to attach Jolly Ranchers to the ends of the girl's braids.

A computer teacher at Overton Elementary didn't feel the same. She asked the girl to pose for a photo while allegedly telling the girl that her husband would not "believe this," reports the Daily Mail.

The teacher posted the photo on Facebook, where her friends proceeded to make fun of the Jolly Rancher hair and degrade the little girl, according to the Chicago Tribune.

When another mother at Overton Elementary told Lucinda Williams about the photo, she was furious. And now she's suing the school and the teacher for Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress (IIED), reports the Chicago Tribune.

From divorce evidence to disprove a disability, Facebook is making its way into the courtroom more and more. Your next client could walk into the door with printouts from someone's Wall.

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