The photo in question, which was taken on a family vacation, was originally posted by her on Facebook. Because Chelsea did not properly set her Facebook privacy settings everybody had access to the photo and not just her close friends.
During a seminar on long-term dangers of social media the High School’s director of technology included amongst other things the photo of the girl in one of his slides. Hundreds of parents and students attended the seminar.
The girl was only 17 when the photo was taken and although her Facebook privacy settings allowed everyone to view the photo Chelsea Chaney believes she should have been asked for permission before using the photo. School officials did not have the girl’s or her parent’s permission to use the photo. While the school eventually issued a public apology Chelsea Chaney refused it and remained skeptical of the motive why her photo was included in the presentation.