Lowell High School graduate sues school officials over suspension

2013-06-04T18:45:00Z 2013-06-04T18:52:19Z Lowell High School graduate sues school officials over suspensionBy Marisa Kwiatkowski marisa.kwiatkowski@nwi.com, (219) 662-5333 nwitimes.com

HAMMOND | A Lowell High School graduate is suing officials at her former school, claiming they had no right to suspend her for a comment she posted on Twitter, federal court records state.

Delaina Trusty filed the federal lawsuit against Lowell High School Principal Mike Chelap and Assistant Principal Dave Wilson, arguing they violated the First Amendment by suspending her. Trusty, who graduated last month, claims the suspension may affect her ability to attend a particular college.

Trusty said she was suspended in February after telling another classmate on Twitter, "I just stalked your twitter, because I enjoy the fact that we share the same hatred for the same girl ;) lolol," according to the complaint filed in federal court in Hammond. The girl Trusty does not like was dating Trusty's ex-boyfriend, court records state.

Prior to the tweet, school officials had instructed Trusty not to discuss the other girl nor have any "negative contacts" with or about her, according to the lawsuit. The two girls had experienced previous problems, according to the court records.

Trusty, who is being represented by an attorney from the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, argued her Twitter post did not cause any disruptions at school.

She is asking a federal judge to vacate her suspension, to remove it from her school record and to award her monetary damages.

School officials could not be reached late Tuesday for comment.

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