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.


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.