The mother of a 16-year-old boy said she was only being a good mom when she locked him out of his Facebook account after reading he had driven home at 95 mph one night because he was mad at a girl. His response: a harassment complaint at the local courthouse. IIf I'm found guilty on this it is going to be open season" on parents, Denise New.

New, of Arkadelphia, a small college town an hour southwest of Little Rock, said many of her son's postings didn't reflect well on him, so after he failed to log off the social networking site one day last month, she posted her own items on his account and changed his password to keep him from using it again. But her son claims what she posted wasn't true, and that she's damaging his reputation...

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2,492 hits 3.3 (4 votes) Share Favorite | Flag 12 years ago by KikiPeepers

Should this mom who changed her son's Facebook page be found guilty of slander?
The mother of a 16-year-old boy said she was only being a good mom when she locked him out of his Facebook account after reading he had driven home at 95 mph one night because he was mad at a girl. His response: a harassment complaint at the local courthouse. IIf I'm found guilty on this it is going to be open season" on parents, Denise New.

New, of Arkadelphia, a small college town an hour southwest of Little Rock, said many of her son's postings didn't reflect well on him, so after he failed to log off the social networking site one day last month, she posted her own items on his account and changed his password to keep him from using it again. But her son claims what she posted wasn't true, and that she's damaging his reputation...

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12 yrs ago - Tuesday 4/27/10 - 1:38:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, I would say, if anything, it's libel.

Libel is written, slander is spoken.
12 yrs ago - Tuesday 4/27/10 - 1:41:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
...but it's only virtually written. Things don't really exist if they are on the internets.
12 yrs ago - Tuesday 4/27/10 - 2:05:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'd beat the kids ass Texas style!
12 yrs ago - Tuesday 4/27/10 - 2:53:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
Did I miss it? What did she write about him?
12 yrs ago - Tuesday 4/27/10 - 3:21:24 PM EST (GMT-5)
If she had just changed his password, I would just call her an asshole parent, but actually deleting his info and writing in her own is wrong. Control your kids, but don't act like a freakin' dictator about it.

I don't know if this will actually go anywhere, though, seeing as how he's a minor and she's his guardian.
12 yrs ago - Tuesday 4/27/10 - 3:22:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 4/27/10 - 2:53:43 PM HaroldtheBat wrote:
Did I miss it? What did she write about him?


They don't say, just that he calls it slander and said whatever she wrote were lies that hurt his reputation. I'd be interested to know what she wrote!
12 yrs ago - Tuesday 4/27/10 - 4:24:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
no, the kid is 16 years old. he has no personal freedoms. his mother and father own him
12 yrs ago - Tuesday 4/27/10 - 4:27:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'm sure what she posted is more accurate than whatever he posted.

If this kid has a case, I have a better case against someone.

12 yrs ago - Tuesday 4/27/10 - 4:49:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
If he was stupid enough to put it there where his mom could see, he deserves the punishment, and why didn't he log out anyway?

But I agree, she shouldn't have changed what he put. Just deleting whatever he put that she didn't like should've been enough.
12 yrs ago - Tuesday 4/27/10 - 5:37:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
Slander? Probably not.
Breaking terms of use (yes, a real civil charge) by logging in as her son? Guilty.
12 yrs ago - Tuesday 4/27/10 - 8:56:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 4/27/10 - 4:27:00 PM Electric wrote:
I'm sure what she posted is more accurate than whatever he posted. If this kid has a case, I have a better case against someone.

Now...who would that be?
12 yrs ago - Tuesday 4/27/10 - 8:58:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 4/27/10 - 4:27:00 PM Electric wrote:
I'm sure what she posted is more accurate than whatever he posted. If this kid has a case, I have a better case against someone.
On Tuesday 4/27/10 - 8:56:41 PM anthraxrocks wrote:
Now...who would that be?


AWPerative.

I'm assuming you think this is some sort of "YT conspiracy" problem. It's real life.
12 yrs ago - Tuesday 4/27/10 - 9:18:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
Give her a medal.
12 yrs ago - Tuesday 4/27/10 - 9:53:24 PM EST (GMT-5)
Sounds like some stupid story of Everybody Loves Raymond. Rays mom or whoever it was
12 yrs ago - Tuesday 4/27/10 - 10:36:35 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'm not the only one who smirked at the "She's ruining my reputation!" thing, am I?
12 yrs ago - Wednesday 4/28/10 - 12:18:05 PM EST (GMT-5)
what a waste of tax payer dollars, who gives a f*ck about facebook and what people do on it? How is this even a case? Waste of time...mind your own business biotch, your soon can do whatever he wants. Stupid stupid people...
12 yrs ago - Wednesday 4/28/10 - 4:49:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
Why would she change his info? Close/lock the account, sure. She is the parent and he is living under her roof. She owns the computer.
12 yrs ago - Friday 4/30/10 - 1:49:30 AM EST (GMT-5)
of course not, its her sons personal life!
12 yrs ago - Friday 4/30/10 - 9:53:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Tuesday 4/27/10 - 9:18:40 PM Poess wrote:
Give her a medal.

Give her a medal for breaking into her son's account, changed his password, and rewrote everything on his page to suit her personal liking? Should she also get a medal for making her son dress the way she wants him to, associate only with people she approves of, and listen only to music she considers good?

There's prudent parenting, and then there's complete authoritarian control over a kid's life. Changing his facebook information is not going to change how he behaves, and I really doubt anything on his profile was incriminating or genuinely harmful, so she's obviously just flexing her control freak muscles.
12 yrs ago - Saturday 5/1/10 - 6:16:11 AM EST (GMT-5)
i don't think it's slander or libel, just someone breaking the terms of service of facebook if anything. her son can just make another account anyway because email accounts are a dime a dozen.
12 yrs ago - Sunday 5/2/10 - 3:03:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
This is why I'm glad my parents don't know how to use my computer.
12 yrs ago - Sunday 5/2/10 - 3:26:47 PM EST (GMT-5)
Just a note, that wasn't emphasized in the article, that makes it more incriminating: the mother wasn't her son's legal guardian at the time.
11 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Sunday 7/18/10 - 8:02:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
Its ridiculous. Now because parents have less rights and cant say boo without being charged, there are stupid kids running around everywhere. I think she was maybe out of line locking him out of his own account, but there is no reason to charge her. As a parent they should sometimes hold a little more power in realsitc ways.



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