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GA school district trying to teach students about internet safety get lesson of its own on privacy

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FAYETTEVILLE, GA (WXIA) A school district trying to teach students about internet safety is getting a lesson of its own on privacy, search and seizure.

A former Starr's Mill High School student is suing the Fayette County School District for $2 million for using a picture of her in a bathing suit at a countywide presentation.

Chelsea Chaney posted a picture to her Facebook page of her in a bathing suit standing next to a cardboard cutout of Snoop Dog. She says her mother took it during a family vacation at the lake. Her privacy settings were designated so friends and friends-of-friends could view it.

Chaney says she never imagined a district administrator would see it, let alone use it in a presentation to her peers.

In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court, Chaney says Curtis Cearley, the technology services director for the county, searched for a picture he could use in a presentation on internet safety.

Right before it, she said, was a cartoon of a child, shocked to see her mom's old Facebook page.

"Because her Facebook page portrays her as a promiscuous abuser of alcohol," said Chaney's attorney Pete Wellborn.

Chaney said the two images back to back defamed her character, causing her emotional distress during a time that should have been one of the happiest of her life: her senior year.

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