(HAMMOND) - Three eighth grade girls expelled from school for making comments on Facebook about killing classmates posed a threat to other students, attorneys for a northwestern Indiana school district said.
Griffith Public Schools, in a response filed Tuesday to a federal lawsuit, disputed arguments that the 14-year-old girls' posts were a joke and that the expulsions violated the students' free-speech rights.
The school district's response includes excerpts from among nearly 70 Facebook comments that were posted by the girls during a two-hour period in January. Those comments included names of at least five people they wanted to kill anddiscussions of using guns, knives, box cutters and gasoline and filling a bath tub with acid to dissolve a body, according to the court filing.
"These comments and this disturbing conversation posed a ' true threat' and two of the threatened students were so fearful of the threats that they missed classes and school," the district's response said.
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