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2 students charged after racism dispute at Owatonna High School

The charges are related to an altercation at the school on Feb. 11.

The disruption that led to a lockdown at Owatonna High School on Monday have resulted in charges against two kids allegedly involved. 

One student has been charged with felony 4th-degree assault of a peace officer causing bodily harm, in addition to misdemeanor charges of 5th-degree assault and obstructing the legal process. 

A second student is charged with a gross misdemeanor of 4th-degree assault and a misdemeanor for obstructing the legal process. 

The students were arrested and booked into a juvenile detention center after Owatonna PD, the Minnesota State Patrol and Steele County Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a large group of students "shouting and being disruptive" just before noon Monday. 

Police say the shouting match happened after "a few white students posted racist comments on social media directed towards our black students." 

The school was locked down as a precautionary safety measure during the incident, but there were no reports of injuries, nor were police made aware of any physical altercations between students. 

Police also say videos and commentary on social media about the disruption "are a very small snapshot of the events that took place and do not capture a complete picture of the events that occurred."

No further information will be released as the investigation is still active. 

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