Criminal Libel for High School Student to Falsely Write That He’d Had Sex with Teacher
This is from earlier this year, but I just came across it; it’s State in the Interest of G.J.G. (La. Ct. App.), written by Judge Ulysses Gene Thibodeaux, and joined by Judges Van Kyzar and Jonathan Perry:
G.J.G. is a student at Grand Lake High School. In December 2018, G.J.G. sent a message to the SouthernSchemers’ Snapchat account stating, “I f***** my ag teacher best p**** I’ve had.” The message was then posted by SouthernSchemers onto their story, which consisted of messages from students describing sexual conduct with teachers…. [When interviewed by the police,] G.J.G. admitted that he sent the message and that it was false….
Louisiana Revised Statutes 14:47 states:
Defamation is the malicious publication or expression in any manner, to anyone other than the party defamed, of anything which tends:
(1) To expose any person to hatred, contempt, or ridicule, or to deprive him of the benefit of public confidence or social intercourse ….
“Malice (or fault), for purposes of the tort of defamation, is a lack of reasonable belief in
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