School Sued Over MySpace Photo Response

Be careful how you portray yourself on the Internet. One day you may regret it or, alternatively, possibly make some money with a nice lawsuit.

Stacy Snyder posted a photo entitled "Drunken Pirate" on her MySpace site which showed her at a 2005 Halloween party wearing a pirate hat while drinking from a plastic "Mr. Goodbar" cup. Although Snyder apologized, she learned the day before graduation at Millersville University that she would not be awarded an education degree or teaching certificate. "I dreamed about being a teacher for a long time," said Snyder, 27, who now works as a nanny. So now, she's suing the university. Jane S. Bray, dean of the School of Education, accused Snyder of promoting underage drinking, the suit states. The federal lawsuit seeks at least $75,000 in damages.

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University Degreed checklist:
a ) Check if the student pass all the exams.
b ) Check if the student pass the latest interview.
c ) Check if the student is a democrat nazi commie hippie taliban iraqui northkorean.
d ) Check internet finding information about the student.

"I dreamed about being a teacher for a long time,"

Yeah, your picture just screams "I want to teach".

This is just further proof that the popularity contest that MySpace is, isn't worth the trouble it causes.

The Uni I went to had a bar right on campus. If this school does too then the only thing this lawsuit is based on is hypocricy.

C_Guy said,
"I dreamed about being a teacher for a long time,"

Yeah, your picture just screams "I want to teach".

So your saying she should not go out and have fun because she wants to be a teacher. She isn't allowed to have any fun because she wants to be a teacher. She is of drinking age and is allowed to, and should not be denied a degree that she rightfully earned through academic work. To lose out on this because someone saw a picture of you drinking is wrong.

holy ****!!!! I am only half an hour away from Millersville Uni! HAHAHA. I have to go find this girl now haha.

So she is drinking 'chocolate milk' and wearing a pirate hat.

Big freakin deal!


My fiance is a teacher, she goes out once a month with her friends and gets bladdered.

Dare she join myspace and post the drunken orgy of pictures she has.

There would be murders.

Well, duh. Everybody knows that all cups contain alcohol.

Seriously, there's nothing in that picture that would make me think she was drinking (alcohol).

Edit: Err... I just realized that the picture is entitled "Drunken Pirate." In that case, what's wrong with someone who's of age drinking?

Wow, just wow. What a bunch of absolute morons they must have heading up their decisions to deny someone a degree they were working for, with the most flimsy reasoning I have ever seen.

Utterly unacceptable that a Uni can get away with this kind of bull****.

Who says she had alcohol in her cup.

Might have been tonic water, coca-cola, pepsi-cola, spring water, non-alcoholic beer, wine or nothing.

Regardless of whether she wins, due to the negative publicity what school will want to hire her?

Needless to say, I think she's ****ed.

and what school is going to hire her when they know her solution to any problem is to sue the school, and nevermind $#%^ing over other students/employees. she got wronged, but i get the feeling this was her first solution to the problem, easy money. though I could be wrong...

Well, I'd hire her myself instead of someone who would just bow down to crap like this.

It shows she has brains and can take an unjust beating. These are good qualities for an employee in my book.

Easy money? No, it's actually not. She still has a risk of losing, and I wouldn't be so sure there's much money to collect here anyway.

thornz0 said,
and what school is going to hire her when they know her solution to any problem is to sue the school, and nevermind $#%^ing over other students/employees. she got wronged, but i get the feeling this was her first solution to the problem, easy money. though I could be wrong...

What on earth are you on about? There was nothing else she could have done. They had made up their minds and booted her.

How does it it mess up other students? Less money for the school? boo hoo the school board shouldn't have been so retarded in the first place over someone's PERSONAL life. The students should be upset with the board and not with her.
and if anyone refuses to hire her in future based on it they are just plain stupid

DrCheese said,
How does it it mess up other students? Less money for the school?
I bet most of the money would be covered in the tuition costs she paid to go to uni/college to get the degree she rightfully deserves anyway so even they probably wouldnt be that out of pocket.

Smigit said,
I bet most of the money would be covered in the tuition costs she paid to go to uni/college to get the degree she rightfully deserves anyway so even they probably wouldnt be that out of pocket.

ya exactly
The muppets :P

Chris Allen said,
Regardless of whether she wins, due to the negative publicity what school will want to hire her?

Needless to say, I think she's ****ed.

said Snyder, 27, who now works as a nanny.

I guess someone trusted her.

In all honesty, she is either going to be awarded her money back after a 4 year degree program, or her degree, or even both. There is absolutely no way that this University can dominate her personal life, and no way of proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is promoting some sort of 'drinking issue with minors'. The University is basically saying she has no 1st Amendment Rights (yes I know that those apply to the government entities violating citizen rights) and can't post anything on her site. Next thing you know, wearing pirate hats and posting it to your website will promote stupidity in underage children and a worldwide ban will insue on pirate hats.

I'd just love to see Maddox take a swing at this, lol.

They need to worry more about the pedophiles becoming teachers and less about people who like to have a beer or two now and then.

She's going to sue.
She's going to win.
These morons are going to be fired for their amazingly anti-American neo-fascist stupidity. WTF!

Agreed. A school, at any level, has no right to punish a student for what is done off of campus or school sponsored events. Some schools even suspend or expel for things like DUI and DWIs. I think that is messed up and wrong. We have a law enforcement/judiciary body established in this country for crime and punishment and it is not a school.

She may not win, however, if there was something in the fine print of her enrollment contract that can be applied somehow to her conduct she may not. Her first mistake was apologizing for her action. Apologizing for anything is equivalent to an admission of guilt. She shouldn't have apologized for doing something that no one should feel guilty about.

Shadrack said,
She may not win, however, if there was something in the fine print of her enrollment contract that can be applied somehow to her conduct she may not.

Apparently she failed to meet one "Performance Indicator":

"Integrity and ethical behavior, professional conduct as stated in Pennsylvania Code of Professional Practice and Conduct for Educators; and local, state and federal, laws and regulations."

How exactly can the school tell that she is drinking the special kool-aid and not the regular stuff?

Don't care that she has some alcohol, but just another reason to keep your private business private. Myspace and all the sites are a waste of time, and seem to get you in more trouble then what it's worth.

Maybe she would get the education certificate if she wasn't a fool in the first place, you can't sue your way to an education!

bucko said,
Maybe she would get the education certificate if she wasn't a fool in the first place, you can't sue your way to an education!

she was over 21 when she was drinking. She wasn't a fool, she was using her US given rights to drink alcohol at a party

bucko said,
Maybe she would get the education certificate if she wasn't a fool in the first place, you can't sue your way to an education!
I hope you're kidding. :X

That picture in no way promoted underage drinking, and even if, she is confirmed inalienable rights (freedom of expression) by the United States constitution.

She will easily win this case.

I'm thinking of all the medics and nurses with cigarettes or alcohol on facebook... Are we going to expel them too, for encouraging unhealthy behaviour?

Good on her, the uni have no right to not give her a degree just because of what she gets up to in her own time. I hope she sues as much as she can from them.

I don't get it either. I can't see what it has to do with the Uni what she does in her private life. It's not like she tarnished the reputation of the Uni or anything like that.

When are we going to learn self responsibility and self accountability in this country ? Its wrong if the teacher promoted under age drinking in school. Outside school its her personal life. I don't think anybody has the right to tell what a person does in their personal domain. Ever heard of do what the teacher says and not what the teacher does ? People really need to quit blaming everybody else for their problems.

If you have seen the picture, you know that's it's pretty hard to make a jump from what looks like just a cup and a pirate hat to promoting underage drinking.

PLUS, this is a degree, not a job. She paid for that thing, and I doubt there was any actual report of harmfulness that caused this to be brought up. She sould clearly argue personal vendetta, since taking a look at MySpace photos and drawing conclusions on them is really none of their business. It's like taking pictures of your bedroom and firing you based on how messy it is.

Shes promoting underage drinking? In 2005 she would have been 24...

I dont get it? Is it because she was trying to be a teacher? Can teachers not go to partys and have MySpace?