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#FREEREID: Charges possible in Twitter controversy

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Stephanie Gailhard | Fox 9 News Stephanie Gailhard | Fox 9 News
ROGERS, Minn. (KMSP) -

A source connected to the investigation at Rogers High School says police have identified the anonymous Twitter user who was the first to claim a student made out with a gym teacher.

Rogers Police Chief Jeff Beahan confirmed the Twitter conversation involved multiple posts and said more students have come forward to say they also tweeted about it.

Reid Sagehorn, 17, was suspended over the 14-character reply he sent following the anonymous post. Off camera, he told Fox 9 News he thought the allegations were a joke and he responded with a sarcastic, "Actually, yes."

District officials say the digital debacle left the physical education instructor "crushed" and said the conversation had ruined her reputation; however, students have rallied around Sagehorn. In fact, they are using the same social media site that put his academic career on hold to organize support using the hashtag #FreeReid.

PROSECUTORS CONSIDER DEFAMATION SUIT

Elk River District Superintendent Mark Bezek told Fox 9 News police have been involved in the investigation, and Hennepin County prosecutors said they have a case. 

Beahan mentioned "a student" will likely be charged with criminal defamation of character, and he cited a Twitter handle called @RogerConfession that has since been disabled as the original source of the controversy. 

Investigators say the account was used by students who sometimes posted sexually explicit information about their peers. On Tuesday, a male student reportedly admitted to authorities that he helped launch the gossip page.

Read more: Superintendent says police involved

Beahan said in this case, the teacher is the victim. Furthermore, he described the reactions of some individuals "sinful" and claimed no one has offered up an apology so far.

TUESDAY MORNING PROTEST TO #FREEREID

Students gathered outside of Rogers High School at 6:45 a.m. on Tuesday morning with signs in an effort to get their classmate back in school.

"People are honking at us, it's good stuff," Jake Eiden said.

Sagehorn is a wildly popular three-sport athlete and member of the National Honor Society with plans to attend North Dakota State University in the fall.

The protest comes the day of a special school board meeting, however, no public comments are planned. Regardless, plenty of Sagehorn advocates are expected to be there.

Instagram video: Protesters gather Tuesday morning

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