Security officer cleared of wrongdoing after altercation at Apple Valley High School

The Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District has cleared security officer Jason Rieck of any wrongdoing after an independent investigator recently completed a review of a June 8 altercation between two Apple Valley High School students.

Rieck, who has been a security officer in the district since 2013, will have no discipline on his record, according to a release from the district, after Liz Viera of the education law firm Rupp Anderson Squires and Waldspurger recently completed an investigation.

Apple Valley police Capt. Nick Francis said the dual response had the police reviewing the criminal aspect of the altercation while the district reviewed it in light of its policy and state laws governing school districts.

He said Apple Valley police investigated the nature of the altercation between the students and did not review Rieck’s conduct since no complaint about his conduct was received.

The district had placed Rieck on administrative during the time of the investigation, which is a common practice in such incidents.

Rieck had no complaints against him previous to the incident.

The district’s attorney, Jill Coyle, said it used an outside firm to make sure the investigation was independent.

Reviews of this nature generally look at the district’s responsibility for the employment of staff members and the safety of staff and students, according to Coyle.

Because the matter involved student and employee data, the district said it was unable to comment specifically about the investigation.

Apple Valley police said the incident started as school was dismissing for the day at about 2:30 p.m. when an argument started between a male and a female student and an Apple Valley staff member attempted to intervene.

The female student was removed from the school, taken to the police department and released to her family, police said.

Francis said there were several witnesses to the altercation and the department collected some cellphone evidence from students who were around the scene.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations-Minnesota said a security officer and a school resource officer used excessive force against the girl, a Muslim, who alleged that a male student used an expletive when calling her a terrorist.

Francis said the department did not receive any complaint that the slur was said or that there was excessive force used by the school resource officer.

He said the investigation into possible charges as a result of the student altercation was completed about mid-June and forwarded to the Dakota County Attorney’s Office.

Because the nature of any charges are not felony level, they are not public record since the parties are juveniles.