Second-Grader Attacks Students With Kitchen Knife

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Authorities say an 8-year-old student took a kitchen knife to a central Minnesota elementary school and attacked three other children.

Three students were wounded.

The child was taken into custody but released later that day.

The alleged attacker was released to his parents after police interviewed him.

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He was expelled on Monday and consequently made the alleged threat against the Next Gymnasium upper secondary school, where the incident took place.

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. The case will be forwarded to the county prosecutor's office.

Stagebarn Middle School will open their doors next year to students grades 5 through 7 and then the following year they will add the 8th graders. Two of the students were cut in the back of the head and required stitches. "I think they would look at it a little differently", a parent said. School officials immediately called police and an ambulance.

St. Mary's, the parish school of Immaculate Conception, now has about 75 students in kindergarten through 5th grade. He said the student pulled the knife from his backpack in the hallway before school started, and added that staff and students traumatized by the incident will be able to speak with mental health workers if needed. He said he didn't know if the boy had been bullied, or if he had mental health issues. Without any warning, the Minnesota elementary school student began slashing his classmates. In December 2012, Adam Lanza, 20, shot his mother to death at their Newtown, Connecticut, home before killing 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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