Florida Teen's Facebook Post Costs Dad $80K

Here’s another one for the bulging “Kids Are Dumb” file: it seems a Florida teenager has cost her father an $80,000 legal settlement with a single, profoundly ill-advised Facebook post.
 
Patrick Snay, 69, had served as headmaster at a Miami private school called Gulliver Preparatory School until 2010, when his contract wasn’t renewed. Snay sued Gulliver for age discrimination, and in November 2011, the school settled out of court with an agreement to pay Snay $80,000 in damages, $10,000 in back pay, and $60,000 in legal fees. As is often the case, one of the conditions of the settlement was confidentiality, with Snay and his wife promising not to tell anyone about the existence or terms of the deal.
 
However Snay did tell his daughter Dana, a former student at the school, who now boasted to her 1,200 closest friends on Facebook: “Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver. Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT.” Gulliver alumni saw the posts and alerted the school’s lawyers, who promptly informed Snay senior the deal was off. He had obviously violated the confidentiality clause.
 
The school’s move was recently upheld by a Florida district court of appeal, which ruled: “Snay violated the agreement by doing exactly what he had promised not to do. His daughter then did precisely what the confidentiality agreement was designed to prevent.” Among other things, Snay junior’s post implied that Gulliver had been defeated in court or admitted wrongdoing -- both untrue.
 
This is hardly the first case of a dumb social media post leading to legal ramifications.

Last year, 18-year-old Jacob Cox-Brown of Astoria, Oregon, was arrested after boasting about a drunk driving escapade. Cox-Brown’s exact words were: “Drivin drunk… classsic (sic) [winking smiley-face emoticon] but whoever’s vehicle i hit i am sorry. [smiley-face emoticon].” Two people who saw the post tipped off the local police, who then inspected Cox-Brown’s vehicle and matched damage on the car to the damage inflicted on two other vehicles. Then, they arrested him.

In a press release, the Astoria police basically begged people to stop being so damn stupid: “When you post… on Facebook, you have to figure that it is not going to stay private long.”
 
Also last year, two girls in Lakeland, FL, ages 12 and 14, were arrested and charged as juveniles with third-degree aggravated stalking following the death of another girl, 14-year-old Rebecca Sedwick, who committed suicide after being bullied. The older girl had admitted on Facebook: “Yes, I bullied Rebecca and she killed herself but IDGAF [I don’t give a fuck].” Ultimately, the charges were dismissed.

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2 comments about "Florida Teen's Facebook Post Costs Dad $80K".
  1. Clint Dixon from Sem Advance , March 3, 2014 at 1:42 p.m.
    Wait the legal system let two punk girls guilty of accessory to murder walk away scott free but screwed a guy of money he won fairly?? Yea America land of corrupt police, lawyers both public and private, judges, and politicians. More and more being American means accepting terrible justice..
  2. Kraig Smith from PReturn Inc. , March 3, 2014 at 2:12 p.m.
    Guess who's not going to Europe this summer?