The Marist High School students were allegedly very upset with the protests that emerged at the neighborhood after Indianapolis resident Joshua Beal, 25, was shot to death by a Chicago police officer in the Mount Greenwood.
Days later, in a group text message exchange between more than 30 students, a discussion began about the impact of the police shooting and the resulting Black Lives Matter protests would have on classes at white Catholic Marist.
During the exchange, someone allegedly wrote "I f------ hate n------." The plaintiffs' attorney claims that the messages were altered and said that someone has a 'personal vendetta' against the girls.
"According to my clients, another student, who particularly doesn't like one of my clients, somehow edited some of these chats to make it look more incriminating than it was. It appeared to be more of an outwardly racially hate-filled statement when the context was removed," he added.
The lawsuit requests that each of the girls be allowed to return to school or be given a full refund of the $65,000 their families had paid in tuition, books and other expenses.
They also requested $1 million in damages for invasion of privacy resulting in damaged reputations, emotional distress and public scorn for being labeled as racists, reports The Washington Post.