8-year-old boy slashes students with knife at elementary school

8-year-old boy slashes students with knife at elementary school

"We're not sure exactly why he came to school with a knife", said Sauk Rapids Police Chief Perry Beise.

The incident took place before school started. He was questioned and then released to the custody of his parents. The students were ages eight, nine, and 13.

Ambulances as well as armed police were seen at the school, local media sn.dk reports.

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Robyn McDougle, the interim director of the Center for Public Policy at Virginia Commonwealth University's L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, said school safety is an important and timely topic.

In an email to parents, school officials said that the parents of the three injured students chose to take their children home or to get additional medical attention on their own.

Superintendent Bruce Watkins wouldn't say how old the child was that brought the knife, only that he is a student at Pleasantview. No one was severely injured during the incident but the students needed a couple of stitches.

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The child who brought the knife, and his parents, were brought to the Sauk Rapids police department. The other two are Pleasantview Elementary students.

St. Mary's, the parish school of Immaculate Conception, now has about 75 students in kindergarten through 5th grade.

Watkins said the school made mental health counsellors available to students and staff. Classes went on as scheduled. A Pleasantview primary-aged student entered the building and upon putting away his backpack, he pulled out a knife and began striking students with it.

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