Oh, this is so awkward.
A teenage girl’s bragging Facebook status has cost her family $80,000, after she violated a court’s confidentiality clause.
The girl’s father, 69-year-old Patrick Snay, sued Miami’s Gulliver Preparatory School in 2010 – on the basis that the school had refused to renew his position as headmaster because he was ‘too old’.
Gulliver settled in 2011. He was awarded $10,000 in back pay, and a cool $80,000 settlement. Not too shabby. The terms of the agreement? That Snay and his wife, who had been involved in proceedings, would keep the settlement private.
All would have been well for the Snays, had daughter Dana Snay not taken to Facebook with the details of the pay out — only four days after the case was settled.
“Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver.
Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT.”
Dana has 1200 friends on Facebook – many of whom attend the school in question. As inflammatory or controversial posts on the internet tend to do, the Facebook status started being shared. Eventually, it made its way back to the school’s lawyers, who succeeded in having the settlement thrown out of court this week.
Judge Linda Ann Wells said, “Snay violated the agreement by doing exactly what he had promised not to do … His daughter then did precisely what the confidentiality agreement was designed to prevent.”
The Miami Herald reported that Snay said he had to tell his daughter about the settlement, because she had “psychological scars” from her time at the school.
“We knew what the restrictions were, yet we needed to tell her something,” Papa Snay said.
Still, it probably goes without saying that when you or family members are involved in court proceedings, it’s best not to go sharing details of said court proceedings on social media. It’s an expensive lesson for Dana Snay to learn.
Although current reports cannot confirm this detail, we suspect that Dana Snay isn’t going to Europe anymore. Further details as they emerge.
Mamamia originally saw this story in The Miami Herald.
So. All we can really take away from this, is that it’s pretty important to teach your kids about appropriate use of social media, no?