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The Case of Brandon Beussink: A First Step Towards Precedence





Though the

Paul Kim
controversy created a vigorous, yet brief debate in the education community, his case was by no means the last. In February 1998, 17-year-old Brandon Beussink of Marble Hill, Missouri was also disciplined by his school for creating a Web site from home. Beussink's conspicuously immature site used vulgar language to criticize his school's official homepage, and egged on students to email school officials and protest the quality of the homepage. Within days of creating the site, school officials ordered him to take it off the Internet. Beussink acquiesced to their demands in hopes of not being punished, but administrators nonetheless suspended him for 10 days and flunked him for the semester, preventing him from graduating on time.



In a well-publicized ruling that was issued in December 1998, U.S. District Judge Rodney Sippel sided with Beussink and issued an injunction against the school district, ordering it not to hold the suspension against Beussink when calculating grades or school absences, and restricting the district from interfering with Beussink's online publishing. Not unlike the arguments made by Paul Kim's ACLU attorneys, Judge Sippel cited the Tinker case in his reasoning. "Disliking or being upset by the content of a student's speech is not an acceptable justification for limiting student speech under Tinker," he wrote in the injunction.



Judge Sippel went on to write the following:



Beussink was not disciplined on February 17, 1998 because he was disrespectful or disruptive in the classroom. Beussink was disciplined because he expressed an opinion on the Internet which upset Principal Poorman.... Indeed, it is provocative and challenging speech, like Beussink's, which is most in need of the protection of the First Amendment. Popular speech is not likely to provoke censure. It is unpopular speech that invites censure. It is unpopular speech which needs the protection of the First Amendment. The First Amendment was designed for this very purpose. Speech within the school that substantially interferes with school discipline may be limited. Individual student speech which is unpopular but does not substantially interfere with school discipline is entitled to protection.


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11th grade: James Barnes, Lara Beussink, Leia Blissett, Julia Callow, Hannah Church, Alivia Collier, Dawson Compas, Claire Conaway, Thomas Crippen ... Elizabeth Barber, Kristen Barwick, Leighann Baz, Caroline Bowen, Abigail Brandon, Bryce Bruenderman, Alice Burge, Riley Burger, Kaitlin Campbell, ...
Makenzie Heberlie of Perryville, Missouri, was named to the dean's list for fall 2017 semester at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri. The following students were named to the president's list with an academic record of 4.0 for the fall 2017 semester at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, ...

11th grade: Kate Appleman, Madison Arpin, Jordan Bass, Alaina Baumgart, Shelby Bauwens, Grant Beussink, Brooke Blankenship, Lauren Boswell, Allison ... Madelynne Ohmes, Brandon Pappas, Ashley Pittman, Grace Powderly, Molly Rulon, Samant Sabapathypillai, Leah Schnurbusch, John Schuchardt, ...
10th grade: Zane Acord, Dustin Aden, McKayla Allen, Alexis Allstun, Brandon Amelunke, Matthew Anderson, Jasmine Bath, Luke Benton, Elena Berjer, Payton Beussink, Skyler Bierschwal, Carley Bilek, Remi Bollinger, Kiera Borgfield, Katlyn Bowen, Madison Bowers, Cherish Bowles, Joseph Boyd, Nathan ...
... Kelcie Ussery, Tatum Wallace, Luke Williams, Terry Davis, Katherine Harris, Anna Beussink, Sarah Johnson, Jo Cougill, Olivia Renner, Hayley Toft, Allison Halter, Brandon Wills, Jenna Lincoln, Marcie Brown, Betty Crenshaw, Alexander Adelmund, Harry Adam Batz, Andie Fox, Megan Gray, Kailey Green, ...
12th grade: Noah Arnzen, Taylor Barnes, Blake Bauwens, Alexandra Bedell, Allison Beggs, Marianna Below, Shannon Beussink, Raymond John Boos, ... Parker Nugent, Madelynne Ohmes, Brandon Pappas, Benjamin Pfau, Ashley Pittman, Zoe Pleimann, Shelby Pobst, Grace Powderly, Timothy Powers, ...

Cape Girardeau County: Kamille Beckett, Maggie Bohnert, Nicholas Brown, Brandon Drury, Kaileigh Huckabee, Ceola Lucas, Whitney Nations, ... Missouri; Madison Beussink, Kodi Byrd, Taylor Connell, Melinna Craft, Taylor Dickerson, Rebecca Edwards, Jordan Myer, Ryan O'Rear, Ryan Schlick and ...
11th grade: Taylor Allen, Blake Bauwens, Alexandra Bedell, Allison Beggs, Shannon Beussink, Raymond John Boos, Destiny Bruenderman, Rachel ... Noah Merideth, Anne Montgomery, Claire Morrill, Hayden Morrill, Grayson Mueller, Brandon Pappas, Ashley Pittman, Zoe Pleimann, Grace Powderly, Cole ...
9th grade: Zane Acord, Dustin Aden, Caitlyn Allen, McKayla Allen, Alexis Allstun, Brandon Amelunke, Nicholas Amelunke, Savannah Arnold, Madelyn Bartels, McKenzey Bartusch, Luke Benton, Kaylyn Bequette, Elena Berjer, Seth Beussink, Carley Bilek, Remi Bollinger, Kiera Borgfield, Katlyn Bowen, ...
Hahs (CC) 1:01.90; 2. Ashton Hopper (ND) 1:10.18; 3. Tim Huey (CC) 1:12.74. 400 freestyle relay -- 1. Cape Central (Davis, Hyrum Dickson, Young, Ragsdale) 3:25.72; 2. Notre Dame (Heisserer, Kapp, Beussink, Shen) 3:38.54; 3. Jackson (Bret Clayton, Austin Arnzen, Sam Rinehart, Brandon Pemberton) 4: ...

8th grade: Kambria Childress, Mark Dover, Bryanna Gibson, Liberty Green, Brandon Griffith, Megan Lence, Kaelei Martin. 9th grade: Devin ...
10th grade: James Barnes, Lara Beussink, Leia Blissett, Julia ... Baz, Caroline Bowen, Abigail Brandon, Bryce Bruenderman, Alice Burge, Riley ...
... Beck, Nathaniel Berry, Shelby Beussink, Jessie Cavin, Kearsten Collins, ... Hannah Eddy, Nichole Glueck, Brandon Hahs, Hannah Petzoldt, ...
... Bianca Overbeck, Brandon Pemberton, Scout Pettit, Parker Philipps, ... Payton Beussink, Skyler Bierschwal, Carley Bilek, Remi Bollinger, ...
10th grade: James Barnes, Lara Beussink, Leia Blissett, Julia Callow ... Kristen Barwick, Leighann Baz, Caroline Bowen, Abigail Brandon, Alice ...
... Katherine Harris, Anna Beussink, Sarah Johnson, Jo Cougill, Olivia Renner, Hayley Toft, Allison Halter, Brandon Wills, Jenna Lincoln, Marcie ...
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... Payton Beussink, Wesley Blattel, Joseph Boyd, Elizabeth Brakhane, ... Bianca Overbeck, Brandon Pemberton, Scout Pettit, Parker Philipps, ...
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