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Boy, 8, stabs three students at Minnesota school

SAUK RAPIDS, Minn. — An 8-year-old student took a kitchen knife to a central Minnesota elementary school and randomly attacked three other children 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 in Sauk Rapids. No one else was hurt.

Beise said he didn’t know why the boy did it.

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

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By the time police arrived, Beise said, the boy was in an office with a counselor and the three injured students were being treated by the school nurse.

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