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About the 8-year-old 'knife boy' who attacked other students at school

by Staff writer



An 8-year-old boy took a kitchen knife to a central Minnesota elementary school and randomly attacked three other children on Monday, authorities said.

Police Chief Perry Beise said the victims — aged 8, 9 and 13 — suffered “superficial wounds” requiring stitches in the attack at Pleasantview Elementary School.


School Superintendent Bruce Watkins said the boy lashed out at the other students until an adult intervened. The incident lasted about 5 minutes and took place in the school hallway.

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

After putting his backpack away, the second-grade schoolboy took out a knife and slashed three students with it, Mr Watkins added.

School officials immediately called police and an ambulance service.

Officer Beise said the boy was interviewed by police and released to his parents. The case will be forwarded to the county prosecutor’s office and the knife boy will hopefully get a mental examination.

Watkins said the school made mental health counselors available to students and staff and the attacker will not be allowed back in school.

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Source: The Minneapolis Star Tribune

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