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Continued: Rogers High student sues district over fallout from online post

  • Article by: PAUL LEVY , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 17, 2014 - 11:03 PM

“I thought everybody would take it as a joke,” he said.

Sagehorn’s suspension cost him more than his basketball captainship and his spot on the baseball team, according to the lawsuit; it says he suffered shame, humiliation and mental anguish. His senior year, which he had expected to be exciting and carefree, particularly after his early admission to North Dakota State in October, became a nightmare, it said.

After Sagehorn’s transfer to St. Michael, Elk River Superintendent Bezek told the Star Tribune that the door remained open for Sagehorn’s possible return to Rogers High School. “He still is welcome back,” Bezek said in March. “That’s always been on the table.

“This has never happened before,” Bezek said then of the two-word posting that went viral. “Are the rules that we have today appropriate for the game? My understanding is the school knew nothing about this confessions page. I didn’t know we had this confessions page.”

Bezek said at the time that he had just returned from a superintendents’ convention in Nashville and that the primary topic concerned “staying out of trouble with social media.”

“Technical changes are happening so fast that it’s impossible to keep up,” he said in March. “Kids are living in a world without consequences and boundaries.”

 

Paul Levy • 612-673-4419

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