US boy, 8, stabs school­mates

The Philippine Star - - WORLD NEWS -

SAUK RAPIDS (AP) — An eight-year-old stu­dent took a kitchen knife to a cen­tral Min­ne­sota el­e­men­tary school and ran­domly at­tacked three other chil­dren Mon­day, au­thor­i­ties said.

Po­lice Chief Perry Beise said the vic­tims — aged eight, nine and 13 — suf­fered “su­per­fi­cial wounds” re­quir­ing stitches in the dis­turb­ing at­tack at Pleas­antview El­e­men­tary School in Sauk Rapids. No one else was hurt.

Beise said he didn’t know why the boy did it.

“If I could an­swer that quesBeise tion I would,” the po­lice chief said.

“He ran­domly cut three stu­dents then walked into the of­fice and set the knife down,” he added.

School su­per­in­ten­dent Bruce Watkins said the boy lashed out at the other stu­dents un­til an adult in­ter­vened.

The in­ci­dent lasted about five min­utes and took place in a school hall­way.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened about 7:15 a.m. as stu­dents were ar­riv­ing for class, Watkins told the Star Tri­bune of Min­neapo­lis.

Af­ter putting his back­pack away, the sec­ond-grade stu­dent took out a knife and slashed three stu­dents with it, the su­per­in­ten­dent said.

School of­fi­cials im­me­di­ately called po­lice and an am­bu­lance.

By the time of­fi­cers ar­rived, Beise said, the boy was in an of­fice with a coun­sel­lor and the three in­jured stu­dents were be­ing treated by the school nurse.

He said the boy was co­op­er­a­tive with in­ves­ti­ga­tors. He said he didn’t know if the boy had been bul­lied, or if he had men­tal health is­sues.

said the boy was re­leased to his par­ents.

“They don’t charge chil­dren this young with crimes,” the chief said.

In an e-mail to par­ents, school of­fi­cials said that the par­ents of the three in­jured stu­dents chose to take their chil­dren home on their own.

One of the in­jured chil­dren is a sev­enth-grader who was wait­ing to catch a trans­fer bus.

The other two are Pleas­antview El­e­men­tary stu­dents. Watkins said the school made men­tal health coun­sel­lors avail­able to stu­dents and staff.

AP

A sign marks one of the en­trances to Pleas­antview El­e­men­tary School in Sauk Rapids, Min­ne­sota on Mon­day.

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