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US teenager Karl Beidler is suing North Thurston School District after his High School expelled him for creating a Web site that ridiculed his assistant principal.

The site - which contained images of the school official engaged in sexual intercourse with Homer Simpson, among other things - was discovered in January 1999. As a consequence, the then 17-year-old Washington State lad was dismissed for the rest of the school year.

Timberline High School claims the site was potentially disruptive and left teachers in fear that they may be singled out for copycat attacks.

Beidler says the expulsion is clearly at odds with his First Amendment right to free speech.

According to AP, the judge has now heard both sides of the case but won't deliver his judgement for at least another week.

Last week, a British lad who tried to infest his school with 256 computer viruses also bragged to his mates that he was the creator of the "Love Bug". His "punishment" was to be kept in school but denied access to the Net. ®

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