A retired school teacher has successfully sued a former pupil for libellous comments posted on the Friends Reunited website.
In what is thought to be the first case of its kind, Jim Murray, 68, was yesterday awarded damages of £1,250 in Lincoln County Court.
But Murray was reported to be unhappy with the outcome saying that, if that was all his reputation was worth, then it was "pathetic".
Murray launched the action after a former pupil at Ridgewood Comprehensive in Doncaster posted a message on Friends Reunited alleging that Murray was fired for "making rude remarks about girls" and "strangling" a pupil.
After Murray complained to the website, explaining that he retired in 1983, the message was removed.
Although Friends Reunited maintains that it will remove any libellous material following a legitimate complaint, the National Association of Head Teachers said last November that 12 of its members had complained about abusive comments being made about them on the popular site.
The Association was requesting that action be taken to close the site down.
Friends Reunited boasts six million members and is one of the dotcom success stories of recent years.
But the site has come under heavy fire after potentially damaging and libellous comments started appearing on the message boards.
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