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Texas Teacher Sues Students for Defamation

By Eric Misterovich

A Texas teacher is suing two of her former students for defamation after they allegedly wrote false and defamatory statements about her following an oral storytelling exercise.¬†Elizabeth Ethredge has filed suit against the two students after they allegedly posted statements concerning the teacher following an oral storytelling exercise wherein the teacher purportedly asked the students to contact an individual, alleged to have stolen personal property from Ethredge’s son, to purchase personal property from the alleged thief in an attempt to recover it. Ethredge was fired from her position as a teacher days after the two students posted the Facebook comments in question. She is now suing for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

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