Tweet triggers lawsuit

ROGERS, Minnesota (KARE) A Minnesota high school student suspended after posting what he called a “sarcastic” tweet involving a teacher has filed a lawsuit against the school district, the superintendent and Principal of Rogers High School and the Rogers Police Chief, among others.

Reid Sagehorn is seeking monetary damages and other forms of legal relief, alleging that those named in the lawsuit violated his constitutional rights by suspending, expelling and forcing him to withdraw from Rogers High School four months before he was due to graduate. Sagehorn also accuses Rogers Police Chief Jeffrey Beahen of defaming him.

Sagehorn found himself in the headlines in January of 2014 when he was named in a message on a website called “Roger Confessions’ that asked whether he made out with a female physical education teacher at Rogers High School. When he responded with what he calls a sarcastic post that read “Actually Yeah”, a Rogers parent saw the post and called principal Roman Pierskalla, who called Sagehorn down to speak with him and a Rogers Police Officer.

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