#FREEREID: No criminal charges in Rogers HS Twitter case - KMSP-TV

#FREEREID: No criminal charges in Rogers HS Twitter case

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ROGERS, Minn. (KMSP) -

No criminal charges will be filed in connection with a Twitter controversy at Rogers High School after the Hennepin County attorney's office found "insufficient evidence of a criminal offense." 

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

"He feels bad. He made the comment sarcastically," said Sagehorn's attorney Ron Rosenbaum. "What does this young man who's an honor student and a captain of the football and basketball team do to get his good name back?"

"He feels bad. He made the comment sarcastically," said Sagehorn's attorney Ron Rosenbaum. "What does this young man who's an honor student and a captain of the football and basketball team do to get his good name back?"

District officials said the Twitter debacle left the teacher "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.

Rogers police forwarded the case to the county for consideration of defamation charges.

Police identified the anonymous Twitter user behind the initial post, and 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.

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.

PROTEST TO #FREEREID

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

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.

Instagram video: Protesters gather Tuesday morning

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