A family from Conroe, Texas is suing Snapchat, Conroe ISD, and a teacher, who, they allege, used the social media platform to groom and seduce their underage child.
The student is a sophomore at Oak Ridge High School in Conroe, Texas. The alleged perpetrator is a 36-year-old teacher. She was arrested in January and charged with indecency with a child. She is currently out on bond.
According to the victim's family, Snapchat's design allows sexual predators, like the accused, to target underage children and fails to protect them. The parents allege, "Snapchat's disappearing-messages function provided the perfect cover and opportunity for [the accused] to prey on her students."
The accused allegedly used Snapchat to send the young male victim seductive photos and inappropriate messages. The perpetrator also used the platform to arrange private, off-campus meetings with the boy.
Attorneys representing the victim's family also said, the accused teacher gave the young boy money and prescription drugs and encouraged him to take the drugs before their encounters.
The boy's family discovered the relationship after he overdosed on prescription drugs, according to the lawsuit. Michelle Homer "Conroe family sues Snapchat, Conroe ISD after teacher allegedly used platform to groom underage student" https://www.khou.com/article/news/crime/conroe-family-sues-snapchat-school-district/285-69c7eff0-f029-41eb-8cfa-1d67918f0afd (Feb. 25, 2022).