There are days when you read or hear about something that reminds you of why you wouldn't want to trade places with a teenager for all the diamonds in the world. There's a decent chance Dana Snay, a prep school graduate from Florida, is grounded for the rest of her life after carelessly posting a Facebook message that cost her father $80,000. Patrick Snay had sued Gulliver Prepatory School for age discrimination and was awarded $10,000 in back wages and an $80,000 settlement. In order to receive the money, he had to agree to keep the case confidential. I guess he didn't think he'd have anything to worry about it if he opened up to his family.
But teenagers are not known for their ability to keep secrets. And teens with social media accounts, which is basically the entire teen population, can't help but broadcast every detail of their lives to the world around them. In this case, Dana's oversharing led to dad losing his settlement.
To be fair, the teen was sort-of involved in the suit, as her dad claimed she was "psychologically scarred" after the prep school took out whatever issue they had with Patrick through his daughter. So maybe he needed to tell her about the court case -- and she isn't exactly a baby, right? She can handle the information.
Only she proved she really couldn't handle it when she took to Facebook and posted this:
Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver. Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT.
Oh, jeez. You can almost hear her mom and dad's reaction to this, can't you? I picture stunned silence followed by: WHAT THE HELL WERE YOU THINKING?!
And, of course, Dana wasn't thinking. She was being a typical teen and unleashing her anger in a way lots of kids do nowadays: by sharing it on Facebook or Twitter. I wonder how clear her parents were with her about what she could and could not do with this information? Did they have a discussion with her about sharing it? Did they assume that wasn't even necessary?
Dana isn't the first, nor will she be the last, teen to mess up royally with the help of Facebook.
- Last year, 19-year-old Matt Woods was sentenced to three years in jail because he made sick comments on FB about two missing children.
- Eighteen-year-old Paula Asher was jailed after posting, "My dumb a** got a DUI and hit a car LOL" on her page. Turns out, she wasn't joking. Paula was arrested for hitting a car with four teenagers and then driving off.
- Justin Carter is 19 and currently in jail for posting the following comment to someone who reportedly insulted him online: "I think Ima shoot up a kindergarten/And watch the blood of the innocent rain down/And eat the beating heart of one of them."
- Cameron D'Ambrosio, an 18-year-old aspiring rapper, spent one month in jail after he posted these original lyrics on his Facebook page: "F*** a boston bomb wait till u see the s*** I do, I'm be famous rapping, and beat every murder charge that comes across me!"
Maybe it's time every high school was required to offer courses on social media etiquette.
What would you do if your teen caused a lot of trouble because of a Facebook post?
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