Son files harassment charges over Mom's Facebook posts

In a warning to both parents and kids that they should be careful about what they post online, an Arkansas teen has reportedly sued his mother for harassment after he objected to comments she posted on his Facebook page.

According to KATV, the 16-year-old son of Denise New from Arkadelphia claims that she hacked into his Facebook and e-mail accounts, changed his passwords, and posted things about him that were slanderous.

New admits to changing the passwords but denies hacking the accounts. She claims she read things on his Facebook account that required her intervention, including an admission by her son that he drove home one night at 95 mph after he was upset over a girl.

Although the boy lives with his grandmother, New claims that she has the right to monitor her child and have a conversation with him on Facebook "whether it's his account, or your account, or whoever's account."

A Clark County prosecutor wouldn't comment on the specific case but did cite Arkansas harassment law: "A person commits the offense if with purpose to harass, annoy or alarm another person without good cause, he engages in conduct or repeatedly commits acts that alarm or seriously annoy another person."

New told KATV that she enjoyed an excellent relationship with her son prior to the Facebook fallout. Now she face the prospect of a court date on May 12.

Comment by Suzanne Shaffer, posted 4/13/2010, 9:44 AM:

You know, this is more about parenting than the Facebook issue. For instance, why is he living with his grandparents? That Arkansas law would have most people in jail--I have people in my life that do that on a daily basis (alarm or seriously annoy)LOL.
Comment by KC, posted 4/13/2010, 9:07 AM:

ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS!!!! She is the parent. She has not only the right but the obligation to make sure that her son is safe. If Clark County continues on this case, they will set a precedent that at no time can a parent use what the child deems "Annoying" to correct and discipline a child. It is classic conditioning that teaches a child. And here is the funny thing, I am not even a parent and I understand this fact. Parents, pray that this does not go through. KC
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