Ga. family sues Citadel over porn site

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CHARLESTON, S.C. — The father of a Georgia teen has sued The Citadel and a former cadet who the father said placed his daughter’s name and phone number on a pornographic website.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported Thursday the Oxford, Ga., man sued the school and former cade Andrew Steven Smith last week.

The father says the school failed to properly monitor and filter cadet’s computer use.

The father accuses the school and Smith of gross negligence, defaming his daughter and invading her privacy.

Smith did not return a call for comment.

Citadel attorney Dawes Cook says the school will defend itself. Cook says the school has cooperated with the man’s family.

Cook said he could not talk about discipline against Smith.

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Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 12/22/11 - 11:36 am
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I get being upset with the

I get being upset with the guy, but the school? Would money be the motivation for the outrage? What if the girl had been injured riding in the cadet's car? Still the schools fault?

southern2
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southern2 12/22/11 - 11:45 am
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Deep pockets!

Deep pockets!

Bruno
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Bruno 12/22/11 - 11:46 am
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Southern is correct. The only

Southern is correct. The only reason they are suing the school is due to the money.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/22/11 - 12:00 pm
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Probably content that the

Probably content that the Citadel owns the network that the Porn site was accessed through.

follower
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follower 12/22/11 - 01:03 pm
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Soooooo, we want privicy in

Soooooo, we want privicy in all aspects of our life, but expect the Citadel to in affect, spy on all of student's computer activity............oh sure, very reasonable thinking.

Punish the cadet. It's his fault, not the school.

Is it Starbuck's fault if someone uses their free Wi-fi to conduct illegal activity? A ruling against the school will result in NO ONE offering free
Wi-fi.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 12/22/11 - 02:18 pm
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It's not like the guy posted

It's not like the guy posted a nude pic of the girl! Give us a break!

scgator
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scgator 12/22/11 - 07:19 pm
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Like it or not; when an

Like it or not; when an enrolled student is on the property of the institution, that institution is legally libel for everything they do or say. It is part of the assumed liability that comes with enrollment policies. The "cadet" should be made to suffer punishment that goes with the crime. First, it is against college policy to utilize campus networks for illicit sites, etc. I know it goes on, but it is STILL against policy. Also, the cadet has maliciously defamed the female student by making her personal information available to a "world of perverts and deviates". The reason behind suing the college institution is probably not financial gain; however, the only way to get "management" to take anything serious, they HAVE to believe the situation is going to hit them in the wallet. Nothing else moves them. As my late father-in-law used to say........you want ALL of a man's attention, GET IN HIS WALLET! AS for the comment by "Sweet son", everyone has the right to their own privacy and reputation; Today's corporations routinely, investigate ALL facets of a potential employee's past in their decision making process. They will try to steer clear of potential embarassments "down the road". Another way to look at this is simple, what made the "cadet" think he had the right to invade her privacy, and or slander her reputation.

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corgimom 12/22/11 - 08:44 pm
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He used the Citadel's

He used the Citadel's computers, and the Citadel didn't have the proper blocks in place to prevent him from accessing the porn site.

As for "it's not like the guy posted a nude pic of the girl"- really? It's ok for every creep and pervert to have that girl's phone number and address, to track her down? Posting that is worse than a picture. Would you like it if someone posted your mother's or your sister's name and address on a porn site, so that disturbed people could go hunt her down? Would your family feel safe?

Sweet son, you are way off base on this one.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 12/23/11 - 04:32 am
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Absolutely Absurd...should be

Absolutely Absurd...should be dismissed in summary judgement.

As for the Citadel, there is no requirement to filter web site access as everyone at the citadel is a legal adult. If they did filter access, someone else would sue under free speach rights, etc. - these frivilous law suits and ambulance chasing lawyers cause far more problems than they solve.

The father shouldn't have a right to sue anyway as his daughter is a legal aged adult and therefore should be the only person able to sue. If parents can sue for the actions of their adult children then they should also be legally held acountable for the actions of their children.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/23/11 - 08:37 am
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Asitis, I wouldn't be so

Asitis, I wouldn't be so sure. “vicarious liability" could be argued. All you need is a sympathetic jury out to get the "Man".

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/23/11 - 08:39 am
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Dang, if we start suing

Dang, if we start suing colleges for their students committing crimes the entire SEC is in trouble, including UGA.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 12/23/11 - 08:41 am
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Can't imagine this gets

Can't imagine this gets anywhere. Probably settle out of court.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/23/11 - 09:26 am
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There's enough "stuff" that

There's enough "stuff" that goes on at the Citadel, if we ever start allowing payouts the Cadets will be a thing of the past. Ask Joe Bowles. But the Citadel is well connected in the judicial system and ever other aspect of state government. I believe they will be protected.

studmuffin1533
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studmuffin1533 12/23/11 - 09:58 am
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"He used the Citadel's

"He used the Citadel's computers, and the Citadel didn't have the proper blocks in place to prevent him from accessing the porn site. "

What are the "proper blocks"? There is simply no way to prevent a college student from accessing anything, if he really wants to. There's always a work-around.

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JRC2024 12/23/11 - 10:50 am
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What if I turn on my personal

What if I turn on my personal hotspot on my iphone thru AT&T and allow up to 5 users to use it to access the internet. Could AT&T and I be sued under secondary liability as just the facts brings up. In my opinion the buck stops with the girl and the cadet who did the posting and not the school or the parent if the girl is of adult age. Sometimes tort laws go too far. Personal responsibility is the answer for me.

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JayJay 12/23/11 - 10:59 am
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I agree with studmuffin.

I agree with studmuffin. There is no way to prevent a college student from accessing sites. There are too many proxy's available and most college students know how to use them. Shoot, even the older generation at work uses proxy's to access "blocked" sites at work...like facebook.

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