WASECA — Two missing 15-year-old boys resulted in a districtwide lockdown Tuesday morning in Waseca Public Schools.
Waseca Police Capt. Kris Markeson said the boys — one from Waseca and one from rural Waseca — ran away from their homes Monday evening.
“Neither of them showed up for school today, and then the school received some more information (Tuesday) morning that caused them to go into lockdown status,” Markeson said.
Neither Markeson nor Waseca Supt. Brian Dietz would comment on the information the school received because the boys are juveniles. But both stressed that the schools were never under any threat. The lockdown was purely precautionary, both said.
“I can’t stress that enough,” Markeson said.
The boys were found at about noon at a rural Waseca residence and returned to their families. The lockdown status was removed shortly after.
“We are thrilled about the fact that the students have been found, that they are safe, and my big thing is, I wanted to be proactive,” Dietz said.
Schools operated as usual Tuesday, aside from a fifth-grade trip to Farmamerica being canceled.