A Rogers High School student who was suspended over a sexually charged tweet about a teacher is now suing the principal, the school district, the superintendent, the Rogers police chief and others.
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.
It was supposed to be joke, a sarcastic response. But a two-word tweet caused an uproar in the Elk River School District. Reid Sagehorn, 17, was suspended for seven weeks after he responded “actually, yes” when a post asked if he’d ever made-out with a teacher at Rogers High School.
An honors student athlete suspended over a two-word tweet about a teacher in the Elk River School District will attend school elsewhere. Senior Reid Sagehorn is talking publicly for the first time about the seven-week suspension that has many students at Rogers High School rallying on his behalf.
The Hennepin County Attorney’s office will not file criminal charges against anyone associated with a social media scandal involving a 17-year-old Rogers student-athlete.
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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A Twitter rumor that led to the suspension of a Rogers High School athlete is now part of a criminal investigation. Other students are protesting at the school and on social media.