Mom Sued by Son for Hacking Facebook Account

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Snooping Moms take note: hacking your kids' Facebook account, even to make sure they're not hanging around with the wrong crowd is most certainly not cool. In fact, one 16-year-old from Arkansas was so incensed at his Mom's nosing around that he's decided to sue her for harassment.

Denise New of Arkadelphia, AR decided something needed to be done about her son when she found evidence on his Facebook "wall" of a 95 mph speeding incident (the issue, of course, was connected with a girl). (Source:

Concerned, New successfully infiltrated her son's Facebook account, allegedly changed his password, and may have even made posts on the site that could be considered slanderous.

Mom Defends Right to Facebook Snoop

"You're within your legal rights to monitor your child and to have a conversation with your child on Facebook whether it's his account, or your account, or whoever's account," an indignant New told KATV-TV. (Source:

There's evidence the relationship between New and her son had been frayed prior to the incident. According to reports, New's son's grandmother is his custodian. Regardless, New insists the relationship she shared with her son was amicable.

New's tentative court date is May 12. According to a Clark County prosecutor (who refused to comment on this specific case), "A person commits the offense [of harassment] if with purpose to harass, annoy or alarm another person without good cause, [or if he or she] engages in conduct or repeatedly commits acts that alarm or seriously annoy another person."

Mom: "I'm Not Gonna Let This Rest"

It's certainly possible Denise New's actions fit the bill. Certainly groundings by parents or banning kids from their cars or skateboards as punishment for sneaking out is acceptable, so why should this be any different? Or should this case receive special treatment simply because it's tech related?

New appears convinced her case involves good, old-fashioned parenting. "I'm not gonna let this rest," she said. "I think this could be a precedent-setting moment for parents."

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