As some of you may know, recently someone posted a comment using Dr. Enfield's name. (The comment was directed at me, though.) It had been posted after I had retired one evening and I found an e-mail the next morning from Lesley Rodgers in Communications asking me about it. Then, there was one from Dr. Enfield that said:
I expect the comment to be removed today.
I replied that I had seen it and removed it. I apologized and said that sometimes people can be unpleasant. I then wrote a separate thread reminding readers to NEVER pretend to be a living person/figure.
She wrote back:
Thank you Melissa. I suggest you remind your readers that posts such as these can result in legal action.
So then for some reason, Blogger didn't immediately scrub the name (even though the post was gone) and I
heard back from Dr. Enfield.
Melissa, please post that I did not make any comment on your blog. Apparently my name is still listed. I want
it removed immediately and/or have you post that I never made any
I then wrote that I would try to get it down and also added this:
I will point out that this is a free forum as well as a country with First Amendment rights. I am being clear in my words to my readers about what they can and cannot do so it is somewhat beyond my power to stop every post. I can clear comments and again,I will look into how to get rid of a name attached to a post.
I guessed that had cleared it up. I guessed wrong.
So at last night's Board meeting half-time, I was chatting with Lesley and Dr. Enfield came up to me with a smile. I was surprised as she has generally been freezing me out since she announced she was not staying with the district. She thanked me for taking down the post and again I said I was sorry. But then, with a big smile, she said that my readers and I should know that if it ever happens again, she'll seek legal action.
Then she walked away before I could reply.
And so I first wanted to put forth what she has stated because she clearly wants all of you to know that she will have her legal counsel find you and sue you if you use her name. As well, she also wants Charlie and me to know this. (I assume since Google owns Blogger, them as well. I would think that Google has its own crew of lawyers.)
I can understand that as a public figure she does not want people to use her name to make comments. It is wrong. But I will also plainly state that I did not appreciate Dr. Enfield ordering
me around like I was an employee.
I have done research on this issue and although there is one case in Kentucky that went against the blogger, most cases stand with the First Amendment. The case in Kentucky was about the blogger libeling a public figure. Since I didn't post the comment in question that would not fit this case.
But since she did want you to know that she will find you and start legal action against you if you use her name, I thought I would make that clear.
So now you have been informed and my duty is discharged (again).