In 2014, this cartoon appeared in the local newspaper in regards to the Sagehorn case.Minneapolis Star Tribune A federal judge in Minnesota has allowed a First Amendment and defamation lawsuit filed by a high school student who was suspended over a two-word tweet—“actually yes”—to move forward.

The suit was first filed in June 2014 by Reid Sagehorn, then a high school student at Rogers High School, in Rogers, Minnesota—he sued the Elk River School District, the principal of his former school, and two district officials for violating his constitutional rights. Sagehorn was the captain of the school’s football and basketball teams, and by all accounts had a spotless disciplinary record—save for one parking ticket at the school.

Sagehorn, who declined to comment for this story, is now a student at North Dakota State University.

The January 2014 tweet, from Sagehorn’s Twitter account (since locked) was in response to a tweet from @Rogerconfession (since deleted), an account designed for “confessions” and rumors related to the school.

The confessions Twitter account asked:

“did @R_Sagehorn3 actually make out with [name of female teacher redacted in court filings]? prolly not.”

To which Sagehorn replied: “actually yes.”

Over a full week later, Sagehorn was summoned…

Continue Reading