8-year-old Slashes Fellow Students

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An 8-year-old student at Pleasantview Elementary School came to school with a knife Monday morning and attacked three fellow students, sending two of them to the hospital.

Beise told The Associated Press he didn't know why the boy did it. "He randomly cut three students then walked into the office and set the knife down". The incident lasted about 5 minutes and took place in a school hallway. After putting his backpack away, the second-grade student took out a knife and slashed three students with it, the superintendent said.

An ambulance was called but was not needed. Without any warning, the Minnesota elementary school student began slashing his classmates.

Since the attack happened before school, classes went on as scheduled. He said the boy was co-operative with investigators. Mental health professionals are available on site at Pleasantview Elementary. He was released to his parents due to his age. Once the police arrived, the assailant was in the school counselor's office while the victims received medical care in the nurse's office.

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Beise says authorities don't file charges against children that young, they instead try to get them help. They also learned about the importance of individual and community involvement in environmental conservation. No one else was seriously injured.

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

Sauk Rapids borders St. Cloud on the northern edge. Pleasantview has students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade. I don't think he had an intended target when he came to school with a knife. Current and former students joined together on April 15 at Morgan's Wonderland in San Antonio to recognize the school's eight years of specialized service to children with autism.

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