Updated: Thursday, 28 Feb 2013, 1:19 PM EST
Published : Thursday, 28 Feb 2013, 1:19 PM EST
HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) - Court documents say three eighth-grade girls who were expelled from school for making comments on Facebook about killing classmates are getting close to settling with their northwestern Indiana school district.
A report filed Wednesday in federal court in Hammond says both sides are finalizing an agreement and hope the case will be settled soon. The report was filed jointly by lawyers for Griffith Public Schools and the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, which is representing the girls.
Another report is due by March 29 if the case isn't settled by then.
The district says the comments showed the girls posed a threat. The ACLU says the comments were jokes and the district violated the girls' civil rights by expelling them on the basis of a personal, off-campus conversation.
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