A Dance Studio Put an Inappropriate Photo of a Local Teen Online

May 18, 2018 - 6:14 pm

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia woman is suing a photography company that she says posted an inappropriate picture of her daughter at a school dance on its website.

The teen’s dress slipped down, exposing her right breast, as she danced at the North Cobb High School homecoming dance in September, according to the lawsuit filed Thursday in Fulton County Superior Court in Atlanta. Cady Studios, which had been hired to photograph the event, posted a photo of the teen with her breast exposed on its public website, the lawsuit says. The lawsuit alleges negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress, pain and suffering. Chris Stewart, a lawyer for the woman, said she is seeking punitive damages and that he sees this as a multimillion-dollar lawsuit.

“The 15-year-old girl was “shocked, horrified and embarrassed” to discover the photo was online and had been seen by her peers. The photo was shared in a group chat between football players at the school and also among other students, and some students made hurtful comments on social media, the lawsuit says. It’s not clear how long the photo was online, Stewart said. The dance was in September and the photo was taken down in January after the teen saw it and her mother notified Cady Studios and the school.

Ashley Blackwell, a manager at Cady Studios, apologized and said the photo was taken down that morning.