#FREEREID: Fox 9 cameras barred from Rogers High School Q&A - KMSP-TV

#FREEREID: Fox 9 cameras barred from Rogers High School Q&A

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ROGERS, Minn. (KMSP) -

Social media and schools -- it's a combination that can seem to do more harm than good, and on Thursday night, a group of parents met with Rogers High School administrators to talk about it.

Fox 9 News has been covering the controversy surrounding the suspension of Reid Sagehorn from the beginning, but on Thursday night, it was clear school leaders wanted nothing to do with the cameras.


Feb. 17: Rogers student suspended over tweet
Feb. 17: Rogers superintendent says police involved
Feb. 21: No criminal charges in #FreeReid controversy
Feb. 23: Sagehorn switches schools
Feb. 24: #FreeReid crowd fills school board meeting

Sagehorn, a well-liked senior, was banned from returning to school after he sent a two word tweet in response to an anonymous post suggesting he may have kissed a young, attractive gym teacher at the school.

Dozens of parents and students rallied behind Sagehorn and criticized the district's punishment as too harsh, especially since the teen believed the entire exchange was a joke.

Thursday's meeting at the Rogers High School Media Center was billed as a question and answer session with administrators in the wake of the controversy, but although an open invitation was made on Facebook to all parents and district members, the meeting was far from public.

In fact, district officials and school administrators refused to enter the Q&A session until the Fox 9 camera was removed, meaning the only footage of the event was captured through a window.

"We're trying to start a process where maybe, we can work together and, maybe, heal some of those wounds," Larry Simpson, a district parent, told Fox 9 News.

Simpson is a father of four, and he helped organize the #FreeRied Parents for Common Sense Policies after many were left upset by the punishment the stand-out student athlete was dealt.

"It's not that we don't want kids to have rules to follow and discipline," he explained. "Really, it's just a matter of trying to understand those rules."

He and the others who came to the school hoped the meeting would be a chance to clear the air and discuss both the dangers of social media and the disciplinary process to ensure punishment is just.

Meanwhile, Reid is doing well at a new high school in a neighboring district. He recently got a new job and remains on track to enroll in North Dakota State University in the fall, but he has no intention of returning to Rogers High School. His attorneys tell Fox 9 News the family is still deciding what legal action they may take.

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