A 14-year-old and her parents are filing suit against two of the child's classmates and their parents who created a fake Facebook page using her name and a photo of her they distorted.
The bogus account was used to portray the victim as a racist, imply a number of other untrue details and make rude comments on friends' Facebook pages, according to a report from Wired
. Though the teen reported these problems both to her school and local authorities, she was repeatedly told there was nothing that could be done. There is no cyberbullying law on the books in Georgia, where these events took place.
The suit accuses the girl's classmates of defamation and intentionally inflicting emotional distress, and names the alleged bullies' parents because they pay for the Internet access their children use, as well as for failing to supervise activity, the report said.Matt Cullina
, chief executive officer for Identity Theft
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