Sarcasm is the lowest form of high school suspension. (via Facebook)
Reid Sagehorn, a former Rogers High School student, is suing the school district for violating his 1st and 14th amendment rights, and because even though he was never charged with a crime, his name is "forever linked with the term 'felony'".
According to the Star Tribune, the whole mess got started over a sarcastic tweet Sagehorn wrote. Someone anonymously asked him if he had made out with a 28-year-old teacher. Sagehorn, 17 at the time, jokingly responded, "Actually, yeah."
Sagehorn, a member of the National Honor Society and captain of both the football and basketball teams, later said that the tweet was meant to be a joke, and that he didn't think anyone would believe him. But it was too late. While the school went to investigate whether a sexual relationship had taken place (there hadn't), the school immediately suspended him for damaging the teacher's reputation. That suspension started at 5 days but spun out of control to 2 months.
In mid-February, Rogers Police chief Jeff Beahen incorrectly threatened that Sagehorn would be facing felony charges. The Hennepin Attorney's Office stated a couple days later that there would be no felony charges, and Beahen admitted he made a mistake. But still... the tweet was nowhere near threatening. How could anyone, especially a police chief, get all the way to felony?