A Georgia appeals court has ruled that parents can be held responsible for what their children post on Facebook.

The court found that the parents of a seventh-grade boy could be held liable for a Facebook page that their son created to imitate another student.

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Court documents say that the student helped make a fake Facebook profile, imitating another student and claiming that the student was a gay, racist drug user. The parents allegedly punished their son after they found out about the Facebook profile, yet the profile remained active for nearly a year after the punishment, still accepting friend requests.

The court’s decision opens the door for a possible trial for the parents and their son.

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Defense attorney Evangeline Gomez explained that under common law, parents have to reasonably supervise their children. In this case, the judge is saying that a reasonable parent would have went online and seen if the profile was still up and then would have taken action.

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