A Washington teen-ager who was kicked out of high school for mocking an assistant principal on a web site he set up at home has accepted a $62,000 settlement.

Under the agreement approved Feb. 20 by Thurston County Superior Court Judge William Thomas McPhee, Karl Beidler stands to receive $10,000 and his lawyers $52,000 from the North Thurston School District.

School officials issued a prepared statement saying they felt the settlement was "the most prudent course of action."

McPhee ruled in July that school officials


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