Mother faces Facebook slander claim
Published 08/04/2010 | 10:52
The mother of a 16-year-old boy said she was only being a good mum when she locked him out of his Facebook account after reading he had driven home at 95 mph (150 kph) one night because he was mad at a girl.
His response: a harassment complaint at the local courthouse.
"If I'm found guilty on this it is going to be open season on parents", mother Denise New said.
She 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.
"The things he was posting in Facebook would make any decent parent's eyes pop out," Mrs New said.
Lane New, who lives with his grandmother, filed a complaint with prosecutors who approved a harassment charge in March. Neither party would say which items on his Facebook site the boy had found slanderous.
"I probably made maybe three, maybe four actual postings - the rest of it was a conversation between my son, me and his personal friends," Mrs New said.
In a handwritten complaint to prosecutors, Lane New wrote "Denise first hacked my Facebook and changed my password. She also changed the password to my e-mail so I could not change it. She posted things that involve slander and personal facts about my life."
Mrs New acknowledged changing both passwords to keep her son from getting access to his Facebook page but denied hacking into the account.