Wednesday, August 21, 2019


A pair of juveniles has been arrested and a third issued a citation after disruption broke out at Owatonna High School Monday morning.

Owatonna Police responded to a fight at the school around 11:47 a.m. Monday. Officers saw a large group of students shouting and being disruptive in the commons area and gymnasium. For the safety of the students and staff, the school ordered a lock down. 

Chief Keith Hiller said not all students were cooperative during the lock down. A juvenile was taken into custody for assaulting a police officer and a second juvenile was arrested for obstructing legal process. A third juvenile was issued a citation for trespassing and released. All cases are currently under further investigation.

Initial reports indicate a few white students posted racist comments on social media directed towards black students, according to Hiller. “The hateful post(s) are being investigated as part of the on-going investigation,” he said. 

“There were social media reports of weapons being involved in this disturbance,” Hiller said. “These reports are erroneous.”

Assisting Owatonna Police were the Minnesota State Patrol and Steele County Sheriff’s Office. Gold Cross Ambulance also responded for medical emergencies not related to any assault, Hiller said.

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