A Lehigh Valley, Pa., school district did not violate a student's constitutional right to free speech when it expelled him last year for allegedly threatening a teacher on his personal web site, a Northampton County Court judge ruled July 23.

Justin Swidler, now 15, was expelled in August 1998 after Bethlehem Area School District officials saw his web site, in which he allegedly asked for donations to hire a hit man to kill Nitschmann Middle School math teacher Kathleen Fulmer. Swidler's family described the site as an attempt at satirical humor, not a terrorist threat.

The long-since-dismantled web site reportedly had


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