Knife attack injures three at Sauk Rapids elementary school

Elias Hubbard
April 17, 2018

A second grade student at a Sauk Rapids elementary school attacked classmates with a knife Monday morning, school officials said.

Police say the incident happened at Pleasantview Elementary School at around 7:15 Monday morning. No one else was hurt.

"If I could answer that question I would", the police chief said.

School officials say mental health support will be available for students and staff who witnessed the attack.

The incident took place in the hallway as students were heading to class. Police, ambulance and parents were called and responded. The incident resulted in three students being injured and the aggressor was contained in the office.

He says the boy cooperated with investigators.

Police say, due to his age, he was released to his parents. The report will be forwarded to the Benton County Attorney's Office. Beise says authorities don't file charges against children that young, they instead try to get them help. "It's also possible that human services will become involved in some way".

Police took the suspect into custody and interviewed him. There are approximately 790 students enrolled at the elementary. He said staff and students traumatized by the incident will be able to speak with mental health workers, if needed.

As for the alleged attacker, "There will be an action taken on behalf of local law enforcement", Watkins said, and the attacker will not be allowed back in school.

Sauk Rapids is about 70 miles (113 kilometers) northwest of Minneapolis. Pleasantview has 720 students in nursery through to fifth grade, according to the school district's website.

Weapons in schools and school security have been ongoing issues in the U.S. The victims were 8, 9 and 13 years old.

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