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Is creating a parody facebook of someone like a previous teacher illegal, especially a teacher that you know is well respected and liked.
The reason I ask is because last night I made one of a teacher that I had back in HS. I did it partly because I know so many friends in college have stated that they really miss some of her sayings and I thought it might be a fun way to kind of bring back some of that spunk to people's lives. (Note: I never said anything mean or rude, simply her common sayings about studying.)
Today some people text me and said she was upset, but I didn't think much of it as, well, it's just a parody account. I don't think she even uses facebook. However, one of the other teachers at the school told an alumni that "its a student pretending to be her. I know she contacted the State Police about it."
I've seen so many parody accounts on Twitter that go untouched. I personally think that she hasn't actually contacted the state police and that it was just a scare tactic to bring it down. It worked though, as I brought it down seeing how if she is so upset about the account that she would threaten that.
Again, however, I don't believe that any charges or such can be pressed with all of the parody twitter accounts that exist too and the fact that I never put anything slanderous. I only put stuff that she has said before in class.
I was watching something like this on Dr. Phil. Don't do it.
This is just a matter of judgment. The original poster showed little of this when he created this page. It's nice to be nostalgic and show the teacher you appreciate him/her. Impersonating and creating a non-fan page is just not a good idea. Teachers need to have a certain reputation in order to do their jobs. Anything you might be able to do to undermine that reputation does them a disservice. This goes for anyone in a position of authority.
Even creating an unsolicited fan page can undermine the teacher's authenticity and authority. It's generally not a good idea to put him/her in that position, especially on an open source sharing website. I would take the page down immediately and think more in the future about potential impacts.
Teachers need to have a certain reputation in order to do their jobs. Anything you might be able to do to undermine that reputation does them a disservice. This goes for anyone in a position of authority.
I'm going to agree with and thank you for this statement.
As far as the OP goes, a sincere apology (hand written, not an e-mail) would really reveal your good character and more than likely, patch everything over.
It's already been stated but yes, you can get in serious trouble for this. Presuming you used her name and photo, you can be litigated for a number of offenses, including felonies.
Hopefully she isn't stuck up because even if you took it down and apologized you can still be in trouble.