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Griffith Facebook Suit Settled

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Documents in Hammond Federal Court show Griffith Public Schools have reached a settlement with regard to a lawsuit filed over Facebook comments. The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana sued the district contending the free speech rights of three eighth graders were violated when they were expelled over what they posted in February of 2012. The word "kill" was reportedly used in online conversation that the ACLU has said was meant in jest, and included smiley-face emoticons. The suit says school officials told the girls they had violated school policy against bullying, harassment and intimidation.
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