February 12, 2019 08:16 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- Two Owatonna High School students are facing multiple charges after an altercation Monday allegedly involving racially-charged comments made on social media over the weekend.
Owatonna Police said the students, who were arrested and taken to a juvenile detention center, were formally charged in Steele County Tuesday.
One student is charged with fourth-degree assault of a peace officer inflicting demonstrable bodily harm, a felony, as well as misdemeanor counts of obstructing the legal process and fifth-degree assault. The other is charged with fourth-degree assault of a peace officer, a gross misdemeanor, and obstructing the legal process, a misdemeanor.
The students' names have not been released.
Law enforcement officials from the Owatonna Police Department, Steele County Sheriff's Office and Minnesota State Patrol were called to the high school around 11:45 a.m. Monday after receiving a report of a large group of students being disruptive. The school was put on lockdown but some students were uncooperative, police said.
Police said investigators and the school district continue to review the incident, which is believed to have been fueled by racist comments posted on social media by several white students and directed toward black students at the school.
A third student was cited and released Monday for trespassing.
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