Griffith lawsuit on student’s Facebook post in settlement talks
By Teresa Auch Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org January 15, 2013 2:30PM
Updated: February 17, 2013 6:29AM
Griffith Public Schools is in settlement talks with the families of three students who were expelled almost a year ago over Facebook postings, according to a court filing.
An agreement on a settlement has not been reached, however, and still might not happen.
The school district and the plaintiffs filed on Monday a motion to stay discovery in the case, saying that the two sides were talking to each other and that it was better to focus on settlement negotiations than on gathering evidence.
However, the motion says the sides still don’t know if they will reach any kind of an agreement.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana sued the school district in the U.S. District Court in Hammond last year on behalf of the families, claiming Griffith violated the rights of three eighth-grade girls when it expelled them from school after they made comments on Facebook about their fellow students and even teachers.
The lawsuit claimed the comments were obviously joking.
A copy of the comments provided by the parents of one of the students named show that the three girls talked about creating a hit list of their peers and best ways to kill them.