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Rogers Student Suspended over Tweet Sues School District

Updated: 06/17/2014 2:06 PM
Created: 06/17/2014 12:06 PM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart

The Rogers High School student who was suspended over a tweet about a teacher is suing the school district, the superintendent, principal and local police chief.

Reid Sagehorn says his two-word tweet about making out with a physical education teacher was meant to be sarcastic. But a parent saw the post and Sagehorn was suspended for five days for allegedly causing damage to the teacher's reputation.

The lawsuit filed in federal court Tuesday by Sagehorn alleges the defendants violated his constitutional rights by suspending and forcing him to withdraw from school four months before he was expected to graduate.

Sagehorn was expected to finish out his senior year at a different school. He is seeking unnamed monetary damages and other legal relief.

The complaint says while Sagehorn was suspended, he missing several basketball games. He was the captain. His parents thought the district was abusing its power.

The complaint says any disruption was because of the school's "excessive" punishment, not the tweet itself.

Rogers police sent the case to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office, which opted not to file criminal defamation charges.

Rogers Police Chief Jeff Beahen said Sagehorn's response to the rumor would not have warranted felony-level charges, but it did present police with a felony-level situation if a relationship had occurred between Sagehorn and the teacher.

School district officials and Rogers police declined to comment Tuesday afternoon.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Reid Sagehorn
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