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An Arkansas 16-year-old has filed suit against his mother, claiming that posts on his Facebook page are slander.

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In the complaint, he alleges that his mother, Denise New of Arkadelphia, has been harassing him -- and asks that she be prohibited from contacting him. The teen lives with his grandmother, who has custodial rights.

Denise says that she believes she has the legal right to monitor her son's activities online, adding that she plans to fight the charges.

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Carolyn April 7, 2010, 1:59 PM

If the grandmother has custody, the mother needs to back off. There must be a reason she lost her parental rights.

Just Sayin' April 7, 2010, 2:29 PM

Facebook gives you the option to completely block someone so they can’t bother you or even see your existence. Maybe this kid doesn’t know that?
I agree with Carolyn.

Gail Cooke April 7, 2010, 2:37 PM

I think the article is too vague to pass judgement. We don’t know what the mother said or what the teen was doing or whether what was said on Facebook was the truth or not.

Queen Mother April 7, 2010, 3:16 PM

Truth or not, what mother would publicly humiliate her child. Agrees, there is some pretty good reason child was taken from mother and grand mother (bless her soul) has custody. The mother needs to back off.

jailsgt April 7, 2010, 4:36 PM

Hey 16 yr old boy: sign on to your facebook, click edit friends, find your mom, remove her as a friend then go to your privacy settings & block her. Problem solved.

Anonymous Mom April 8, 2010, 6:24 AM

I read on CNN that the mom hacked into her son’s Facebook account and started posting slanderous things - although they didn’t specify what she posted. There’s disciplining your kid, and then there’s this. Add this to her not even having custody and I’d have to say Mom’s in the wrong here. (BTW, the item that set her off - he posted something about driving 95 mph. We don’t even know if that actually happened or if he was just bragging to his friends.)

anon April 8, 2010, 11:01 PM

why doesn’t he just block his mom? and if she’s actually hacking into his account, he could just change his password.

Cody April 12, 2010, 10:52 AM

Well, sounds like a spoiled brat to me. Cant pass judgment on the mother without knowing what exactly she wrote and posted. Having the grandmother as the custodial parent does not necessarily reflect poorly on the mother or says shes a bad parent, there is extenuating circumstances on everything that you people who rush to judgment have no idea about, so get off your high horse and dont jump to conclusions because of what you think you know because youre probably wrong.

weakSAUCE April 13, 2010, 5:39 AM

The mom is a disgrace to the world and should kill herself. The internet isn’t meant for shitholes like her.

shanice April 13, 2010, 8:45 AM

The teen wasn’t doing much. She just felt the need to get into his Facebook account.Seeing as she doesn’t even have parental rights over him, she shouldn’t feel the need to monitor his computer activity. If you wanted to watch your kid like a hawk, you should have parental rights to do that.

Megan May 15, 2010, 11:26 AM

She hacked into his account, she wasn’t his friend on facebook. That means he couldn’t have blocked her. Also, she changed his passwords so he couldn’t get back in.

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