Barrow County School District v. Payne
Citizen Media Legal Project
Posted March 4th, 2010
Threat Type: Disciplinary Action
In August 2009, the Barrow County School District allegedly forced Apalachee High School English teacher Ashley Payne to resign over postings on her Facebook page. Apparently, the school objected to photos from Payne's vacation to Europe showing her holding wine and beer, as well as a posting indicating that she was "headed out to play Crazy Bitch Bingo" at a local bar. The school stated that it was acting in response to a complaint from a parent, but, according to Payne, her Facebook page was private and she hadn't "friended" any of her students. Payne subsequently sued the school district, alleging violations of state labor law.