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Student Wins Net Free Speech Case

The Bellevue School District in Washington has agreed to pay former student Paul Kim $2,000 after revoking his scholarship recommendation for linking the school's unofficial home page to sexually explicit material on the Internet.

Last March, Newport High School senior Paul Kim included links to sexually explicit material and poked fun at his classmates for being obsessed with sex on his Unofficial Newport High School Home Page. As a result, Kim's recommendation for a National Merit scholarship and admission to college were revoked.

Kim, a 3.8 grade-point-average student, took his case to court and won. The Bellevue School District will allow Kim to reapply for the scholarship and will pay him $2,000.

Kim is currently a freshmen at Columbia University in New York and has since created a new home page.