#FREEREID: No criminal charges; student switches schools - KMSP-TV

#FREEREID: No criminal charges; student switches schools

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ROGERS, Minn. (KMSP) -

He was suspended for sending a two-word tweet, and attorneys for Reid Sagehorn tell Fox 9 News they plan to attend the Elk Rover School Board with their client about the controversy.

The case now has some big names from local legal circles -- including Ron Rosenbaum, Joe Friedberg and Bob Bennett -- entering the scene, and it's possible Monday night's meeting could see a big turnout in support of the popular teen.

Sagehorn was suspended after he responded to an anonymous tweet claiming he had kissed the young gym teacher. Thinking it was a joke, Sagehorn replied, 'Actually yes" -- but district leaders weren't laughing.

The case was investigated by local police for possible criminal defamation charges; however, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office declined to press charges due to insufficient evidence. Authorities also confirmed there was never an inappropriate relationship between the two.

Meanwhile, Sagehorn's student career has been in limbo despite student rallies and protests held both online and off. He has since enrolled in another school, and his attorneys say the district has made no attempt at negotiating a settlement with the family.

With lawyers now involved, some are wondering if the Sagehorns will fight to have the teen reinstated at his old school or if the family will turn the tables on school administrators and the Rogers Police Department.

"I'm not sure what the school system can do at this point to help the Sagehorn family," Rosenbaum told Fox 9 News via phone. "The only question that they're left with is: Where does this young man -- honors student and senior captain of the basketball team -- go to get his good name back?"

The school board meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at Elk River City Hall, and Sagehorn's attorneys plan to speak during the open forum portion. Groups on both sides of the debate are expected to attend, including district parents and classmates.

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