Punishments of boys accused of assault spark outcry 09 Jan 18

A Blue Earth Area School Board meeting held Monday was filled to capacity as parents, students and community members spoke in protest of the district’s disciplinary actions against four football players involved in an alleged assault in October. Wyatt Tungland, Dalton Nagel, Blake Barnett and Caden Ochsendorf reportedly assaulted a teammate at a party in Winnebago resulting in severe bruising and swelling to his face as well as a concussion. Tungland, Barnett and Ochsendorf are charged with assault and aiding and abetting assault while Nagel is charged with aiding and abetting assault causing substantial bodily harm. While the football players have yet to face trial, they were suspended from school for 10 days in November, as well as made ineligible to play or practice in sports or be involved in leadership roles in school.