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School District: Facebook Comments Posed Threat

Last updated on Thursday, June 14, 2012

(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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