• A sarcastic two-word tweet backfires on student

    Date: 04.14.14 | by Judge Tom.

    Reid Sagehorn was an honor roll student and a football and basketball co-captain at Rogers High School in Minnesota. The 17-year-old senior became aware of a rumor about him kissing one of the gym teachers at school. The post asked if Reid had “made out” with the 28-year-old teacher. Reid tweeted back saying “Actually, yes.”

    The school claimed Reid violated the district’s code of conduct for social media. Reid was suspended for seven weeks for his Twitter response. The teacher was questioned by the police and cleared of any improprieties. The local prosecutor also declined to file any charges due to insufficient evidence of criminal activity. Reid transferred to another school and is on track to graduate this spring.

    Reid Sagehorn (Facebook)

    Reid Sagehorn (Facebook)

    Reid apologized in writing to the teacher.  He commented “I’ve learned my lesson and I am truly sorry. I just want to move on with my life.” Reid has been accepted to North Dakota State University in the fall and regrets missing out on his senior prom and baseball season this semester at his old school.

    This is a hard lesson for an unintentional tweet. Thinking ahead of possible consequences to anything you post online is crucial.

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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