Civil Lawsuit Filed After Photo of Female Student’s Bare Breasts Posted Online

Romanucci & Blandin, LLC and Matthew & Drnovsek Law, LLC announced the filing of a lawsuit on behalf of a female high school student whose bare breasts were captured on a photograph which was later posted on a public website. The lawsuit was filed October 16, 2020 in Circuit Court of Cook County, Law Division, and names Chicago suburban Township High School District 211 and Visual Image Photography of Cedarburg, Wisconsin as defendants. The lawsuit states that the minor student was taking part in the Homecoming Dance at James B. Conant High School in Hoffman Estates when her dress slipped, temporarily exposing her breasts. Unknown to her, the photography company hired to capture images of the event photographed her naked breasts, and that photo appeared several days later on a public website that encouraged photos to be viewed and purchased. At least nine people, including members of the school’s football team viewed that picture, which was later shared with other male students, posted on the football team’s Snapchat and other social media platforms. The photo was taken down five days later, after our client was made aware of the situation and reported the violation of her privacy to the school’s Dean of Students. The incident has caused injury to her, creating anxiety, anguish and shame that have caused her to need counseling treatment.

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