Around 6 p.m. on Monday evening, dozens of people waited in the cold outside the headquarters of Elk River Area School District 728. They came to attend a school board meeting about a controversy rooted in a two-work tweet that led to a nearly two-month suspension of 17-year-old Rogers High School senior Reid Sagehorn. “I’m disappointed. I want him to have an education. I don’t want him sitting at home, and I want him back in our school until graduation day,” said parent Missy Henderson.
A two-word tweet turned into a two-month suspension for the captain of the Rogers basketball team. And the controversy surrounding Reid Sagehorn’s tweet and subsequent suspension has students and parents upset and confused. “Reid is carrying the weight of every tweet that got put on that site and I don’t think that’s fair,” said parent Kris Hall.
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