The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against a Missouri school district on behalf of a student who was disciplined for criticizing school officials on his personal web page. The federal suit charges Woodland High School of Marble Hill, Mo., with violating the free-speech rights of Brandon Beussink, 16, when it suspended him for 10 days last semester.

Beussink had used a home computer to create a web page in February, where he criticized the school's official web site and directed profanity at individual administrators, teachers, and school policies. Beussink's site also included...

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