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Cyberbaiting: Students Push Teachers to Meltdown

Cyberbaiting: Students Push Teachers to Meltdown | Slanderous Students |
Schools and cyber safety experts worry about escalating teen trend.

This isnt a case inparticularly but multiple cases involving "cyberbating" .  This is when students push teachers to the edge and wait for them to explode, while they or one of their friends video tapes your meltdown or mistakes you could say.  Teachers being dismissed for physically asaulting their students, throwing chairs, and just losing their professional, responsible, and mature stature they are so used to keeping.  We are growing along with the technology we are going to be teaching and having to deal with.  We have to learn have to either integrade these technologies with our school work or buckle down a little bit harder on cell phones in the class room.  It is important we do not let students get the best of us and cost us our reputation with something as little as "cyberbaiting".  Teachers are coming across this or know a collegue who has come across this more and more frequent.  Its either put your foot down and lose their privileges of using the technology in class or get ahold of your class and learn how to integrade this technology into your classroom.

Via Ricki Weickum
Vikki Howard's comment, September 3, 2012 5:03 AM
I agree that this is a very serious twist in the whole cyber-bullying epidemic--when students intentionally attempt to provoke teachers into losing their cool--the consequences are grave. The incidence I mentioned in class, where a veteran teacher lost his cool when he was shot in the face with a marsh-mellow may be an instance of cyber-baiting--this teacher has a family and lost his livelihood--there is a larger issue here; What is the relationship between this behavior and defamation?
Bo Herak's comment, September 4, 2012 2:09 AM
This was my favorite article I found doing this assignment. It's a great article for teachers to read and beware of whats going on in their classroom and how you have to be so careful with what you do and say in the classroom, because with technology you can never becareful enough. This article talks about how teachers are being pushed over the top and freaking out on their students and then other students record the teacher losing it on the students then post it on the internet via youtube, facebook, ect. Just know as a teacheryou have to be very careful, with what you do and say in class because you never know if theres a camera on you. This article talks of a few court cases on which these happen such as a teacher spitting on a student in class.
Vikki Howard's comment, September 10, 2012 3:55 AM
I agree that this trend is ominous--when students deliberately try to provoke teachers into overreacting -- I feel sure they don't intend to ruin a person's career, or really to even understand what it means to ruin a teacher's reputation. Yes, teachers must be hyperaware of reaction, but more importantly, we need to develop relationships with students and foster a greater sense of interpersonal responsibility so that generations of students will be more responsible with technology. This sounds similar to the behavior of some youth who drive around swearing and harassing individuals in order to provoke a reaction, videotape the reactions and post on the net, though the consequences are much more serious here. Does this behavior fall under defamation? and if so, how--you mentioned court cases at the end of your comments--which ones? outcome? How did these cases inform your understanding?
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Constitutional - A Former High School Coach Can Sue Parents for Defamation

Constitutional - A Former High School Coach Can Sue Parents for Defamation | Slanderous Students |


This article deals with the protection of teacher/coaches and sport officials.  22 states currently protect coaches and officials from physical assault but none of them protect them from verbal assault.  They are just suppose to stand there and take it unitl they feel that individual needs to leave the gym and that can usually just make it worse.  The parents of one of the basketball players on Mr. O'Connor's girls basketball team, lit a spark underneath a couple of the parents and soon Mr. O'Connor was being brought up and complained about at the next school board meeing.  A few months later O'Connor was dismissed from his coaching job. O'Connor would then sue for defamation. 


O'Connor argued that the parents, jealous of Harrison or upset over their children's relative dearth of playing time, made false allegations to the school board against him that damaged his professional reputation and cost him his coaching job. The parents, meanwhile, argued that their statements were protected under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

This case is important because its not always the students that are going to be the ones making false accusations.  Sometimes the older, supposed to be more mature, adults can be just as bad and if not worse when it comes to their kids best interest.  We need to keep our professional and mature stature while not letting them harm you or your reputation in any way.


School parents warned against defaming principals, The State School Teachers Union says the misuse of social networking sites among students and parents is a growing problem.

This article talks about the ongoing problems involving teacher slander and libel involving the internet and particulary facebook.  Teachers are being demeaned, riticuled, and even falsely represented on facebook by someone hacking into their account.  Teachers need to be careful how they use facebook and who and what they put on it. 

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Jase Miller's comment, September 1, 2012 6:42 PM
This article is interesting. It states that coaches and referrees are protected against physical attacks but no state protects them from verbal attacks. This is not true. I am a wrestling referee in Montana and we are protected from both physical and verbal abuse at least while refereeing. This case centers around the high school basketball coach that was fired from his position and would sue the parents for defamation. The courts are currently trying to prove that the statements made by the parents: a) were false, b) were made to a third party, and c) caused him to suffer some loss of reputation or other damages. I for one hope that this coach is reinstated.

Vikki Howard's comment, September 3, 2012 4:49 AM
Coaches (and players) (and officials) suffer terrible abuse by fan(atics), who for some reason feel that they have the right to act uncivilized at any sports venue. I was a student at Ohio State, and after attending my first game and listening to an octogenarian screaming wildly at the 19 year old players on the field throughout the game quit going to games; It will be very interesting to see if this coach prevails--Good summary of principles of law that may be in play in this suit.
Vikki Howard's comment, September 3, 2012 5:06 AM
Coaches (and players) (and officials) suffer terrible abuse by fan(atics), who for some reason feel that they have the right to act uncivilized at any sports venue. I was a student at Ohio State, and after attending my first game and listening to an octogenarian screaming wildly at the 19 year old players on the field throughout the game quit going to games; It will be very interesting to see if this coach prevails-You bring up several important implications of defamation related to sports and social media.
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Rights and wrong: Using Facebook to defame teachers | Get Schooled

"Three students were being sued by their middle school in Douglas County for false accusations against a teacher on Facebook.  Statements about a teacher being a "pedafile" and a "rapist".  Statements were false but because of the way the pricipal handled the situation the scharges from the school were dropped.  Principal morris made one of the students being sued log into her social network accound and show Mrs. Morris what was written on her page.  Thus violating the schools privacy policy, the school was forced to drop all charges." 


This topic is important to teachers becuase we need to be sure that we go about our jobs correctly at all times, whether or not something is being said on the internet.  Most cases dont hold up as slander or libel in coart anyways that deal with the internet.  We need to be sure we do things correctly while getting to the bottom of it. 


Jury awards $11.3M over defamatory Internet posts

In this case a woman in florida has been awarded 11.3 millon dollars in a lawsuit against a Louisiana woman claiming she was a "crook", "fraud" and a "con artist".

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Andee Anderson's comment, February 15, 2012 5:27 PM
Here is a blog that talks about online defaming of teachers. These kids allegedly called the teacher a "pedophile," and a "rapist." What is interesting about this is it is not the teacher that found this and is suing for slander and such, it is the principle that is in deep water. The principle had the student log on to her facebook page and show her what the kids had wrote about the teacher. The parents of these children say that it was a breach of their privacy, and don't want their children to go to other schools. It is interesting to see how students can so easily get away with saying things about their teachers!
Vikki Howard's comment, February 19, 2012 6:51 PM is a brave new world. Social networking and the use of words as weapons in cyberspace has become the most significant social problem in our schools. The power to undermine the educational environment, harm the emotional stability of teachers and students, and ruin reputations cannot be overstated. This issue is nothing short of crisis--and requires the collective efforts of our entire society to address the pervasive mendacity
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Law Professor Accuses Students of Defamation - New York Times

Law Professor Accuses Students of Defamation - New York Times | Slanderous Students |
At the University of Arkansas in Little Rock, a law professor has sued two of his students, alleging that they defamed him by unfairly describing him as a racist.

Richard J. Peltz, a low professor in Little Rock, Arkansas is suing two of his students for alleging that Mr. Peltz was a rasict. Peltz has taught at this University since 1998 and has won several awards for his efforts as a teacher.  Peltz was accused of saying some of his black students were just a belittling satarical article from the "onion of Rosa Parks". According to other students he also criticized affirmative action and offerd an extra point to the black students in his class for getting as good of grade as the white students.

The complaint, filed in state court in Little Rock, alleges defamation of character and seeks unspecified monetary and punitive damages. The complaint says, among other things, that at the invitation of the Black Law Students Association, Professor Peltz took part in a legitimate academic debate in which he questioned the constitutionality and effectiveness of affirmative action.

U-M student accused of plagiarism sues Michigan Daily for defamation, emotional distress

Julie Rowe was a student at the University of Michigan and is being accused of plagerising in their university's newspaper.  Rowe is suing the school for 25,000 dollars and emotional distress.  Rowe had to resign her position in the Michigan Dialy to keep from getting fired, she also claims are due process was violated.  This article is important because even though it may seem like someone is being accused of something unapropriate, it may very well be them that is being defamated.  It is important to get to the facts and hear both sides of the story and don't assume anything.

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Sarah Baumberger's comment, August 31, 2012 3:12 AM
This article is important for teachers to understand. It deals with student statements that a professor sees as defamatory on the face. He reasons this as the comments of him being racist, have the potential to ruin his reputation as an award winning professor of the law. Chapter 6 states that statements that are defamatory on the face are those who injure an individuals reputation. It will be interesting to see if the professor wins his case because he should be quite familiar with the law. If the statements are false he should win similar to the case of a N.Y. principal sued for school accusing him of poor administration (p.83-84).
Vikki Howard's comment, September 1, 2012 8:26 PM
I like your reasoning Sarah--An accusation of racism rises to the level of a violation of constitutional law (14th Amendment which guarantees equal protection)--and would certainly harm the professor's reputation. You included both principles of libel and explanation of a relevant court case in your argument--so it will be interesting to see if the courts agree with you.
Vikki Howard's comment, September 3, 2012 5:22 AM
This article is a good did a nice job of summarizing, the details, and made a good effort at adding reference to other cases of defamation. Can you say why this case may or may not prevail? The case may hinge on three things; truth, malicious intent, and damage to reputation or professional standing
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Wash. appeals court considers landlord’s libel suit over high school newspaper « Student Press Law Center

Wash. appeals court considers landlord’s libel suit over high school newspaper « Student Press Law Center | Slanderous Students |

A three-judge pannel of the appeals court heard oral arguments on Monday regarding the case of Landlord Hugh Sisley v. Seattle School District.  TheRosevelt Newspublished accusations against Sisley of "racist renting polocies". Sisley denies all allegations and claims the story deframed him.  The argument of the case is that the school doesnt think that they should be responsible for false information brought out by one of their students and the parents think it is exactly the school who should be regulation what comes out of its newspaper.


This article is important because it shows a teacher going about this situation the right way.  He didnt break any rules or policies to find out the information, he just happen to see the paper that the school newspaper had published. These statements were considered false, i'm saying that because i really dont know if Sisley is racist in any way but siding with him on this one, since these statements were false, demeaning, and published, they should be trailed as libel and favoring in Sisley's side.


The Kitchener Rangers are suing a student-newspaper for libel

In this case a student, Matt Slovin, at Michigan exposed the story of Jacob Trauba, a hockey player who was committed to play with the Univerysity of Michigan but dropped the deal to play with the Kitchener Rangers, along with a 200,000 signing bonus.  Trauba's parents denied accepting any money and soon after Trauba would then cancel his deal with the Rangers and play for the University.  The Rangers are suiting for bad and false press.  These deals do happen all the time but if Slovin does not back up his statement with facts, or issue an apology and restate his statement was untrue or he will be going to court and losing a lot of money. 

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Erik Schwab's comment, August 31, 2012 10:58 PM
This case intrigues me because it raises the question of whether or not a school district is accountable for content published by students. In this case, I would say no, the school district is not responsible. The school claims that it does not censor the paper due to the First Amendment. According to "Mazart v. State of New York (1981)," a school cannot be held liable for the content of a student-run newspaper if it does not exert control over what is allowed to be published. This is important to note, because it suggests that censorship of a student newspaper actually makes the school liable in the event of a libel suit.
Vikki Howard's comment, September 2, 2012 6:24 PM
Thoughtful comments Erik--School newspapers have long been the source of litigation for libel. Usually, it is members of the school itself who file for libel. The courts have ruled differently on the responsibility/ability of schools to mediate content in school papers to avoid libels--may depend, in part, on the age and legal sophistication of students
Vikki Howard's comment, September 3, 2012 5:29 AM
Really? you think shady sports deals happen all the time? I don't know, but what did you think about the school's responsibility for school newspaper content? Do you think Sisley is vulnerable here? How would this student be safe? The truth?