One teen found out the hard way that taking a joking tone on Twitter, especially when it had to do with a touchy subject area, didn't quite get the laugh he intended from his school. They suspended him. But he's fighting back because...it was meant as a joke.
So, here's what happened. Star Tribune reports that Reid Sagehorn got an anonymous tweet that said he was "making out" with a teacher at Rogers High School and he (sarcastically) responded, "Yeah, actually."
The honor student and athlete was initially suspended for 5 days for "damaging a teacher's reputation" and, upon further investigation, the suspension was increased to 10 days and then seven weeks.
Reid filed a lawsuit claiming a violation of his First and 14th Amendment rights. The whole incident cost him a basketball captainship, his spot on the baseball team and forced him to change schools to escape the drama.
In the lawsuit, it states: "Reid's posting was meant to be taken in jest. This was a mistake. ... He never intended for anyone to believe his post."