Shakopee teen suspended for tweet will resume sports

6:03 AM, Oct 24, 2013   |    comments
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SHAKOPEE, Minn. - A federal judge has ruled that a Shakopee wrestler, who was suspended from his high school sports because of a controversial tweet, can return to his team immediately. Shakopee High School varsity wrestler Tyson Leon says his tweet about "drilling" his teammates was not a terroristic threat.

Leon is back on the team after a suspension for the tweet.  In an agreement reached Wednesday between Leon's attorney and the Minnesota State High School League, Leon will be able to wrestle this season.

According to court documents, Leon's academic history is filled with a few hiccups.  He was suspended as a freshman and as a sophomore football player his behavior caused him to miss several games, but the latest suspension involved a tweet. 

In it, Leon posted, "Im boutta drill my teammates on Monday."  The school considered the tweet a threat, while Leon insisted by "drill," he meant to tackle someone.

Suspended from playing football and fearing he would not be able to wrestle this winter, the family hired an attorney and filed a case in U.S. District Court.

The complaint states that Leon had a troubled past, but suspending a student because of a tweet is a violation of first amendment rights.

Attorneys and representatives from both sides met in private today and agreed to allow Leon to wrestle.

We'll have more information and reaction from the family coming up on tonight's news at 10:00 p.m.

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