Lawsuit: Two-word ‘sarcastic’ post causes school to suspend senior
ST. PAUL, Minn. (NBC) – A two-word post on social media tarnished a Minnesota high school senior’s reputation by linking him to a felony charge, according to a federal lawsuit.
Reid Sagehorn, who was an honor student and captain of the football team at Rogers High School, was suspended and threatened with expulsion after he jokingly said on a website that he had a romantic affair with a teacher at his school.
In January, an anonymous poster on a website asked whether Sagehorn “made out” with a teacher.
According to the lawsuit, “Reid sarcastically posted, ‘Actually, yeah.”
According to NBC News, Sagehorn admitted the post was a mistake and tried to apologize to the teacher but was suspended for violating school policy against “threatening, intimidating or assault of a teacher, administrator or other staff member.”
He eventually transferred to another high school.
He is now suing the school principal and the school district superintendent.
Sagehorn is also suing Rogers Police Chief Jeff Beahen for defamation, after the chief said what Sagehorn posted was “a crime” that carried potential felony charges.
While he was never charged, his attorneys say Sagehorn’s name is linked with a felony.