THE ACLU is suing the Griffith Public Schools district over the expulsion of three girls in January because of comments they posted to each other on Facebook. The suit says the use of Internet slang and emoticons made it clear the girls weren't really serious and their First Amendment rights are being violated. Not so, says the school district:
"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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One Griffith Middle School student's mother said her child refused to go to school because of "graphic threats," thus prompting her to alert school authorities.