"If I could answer that question I would", the police chief said. The incident resulted in three students being injured and the aggressor was contained in the office.
They don't charge children this young with crimes. Without any warning, the Minnesota elementary school student began slashing his classmates.
The incident took place before school started.
The boy cut three children with the knife in less than a minute. School officials immediately called police and an ambulance. The Times reports the school still had classes after the stabbing. He says the boy cooperated with investigators. Mental health professionals are available on site at Pleasantview Elementary.
Police brought the 8-year-old attacker to the station, where they released him to his parents. He said that no lapse in this regard shall be tolerated and in case of any emergency to attend the offices, they have to seek prior permission from the concerned ZEO or CEO telephonically, the official said.
"Hopefully, he will receive some treatment", Beise said. "It's also possible that human services will become involved in some way". No one was severely injured during the incident but the students needed a couple of stitches.
The event comes two months after Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, opened fire in a hallway in the Parkland, Florida, school, killing 17 students and staff members. The attacker will not be allowed back in school, the superintendent said. Sauk Rapids is about an hour outside Minneapolis. Pleasantview has 720 students in kindergarten through fifth grade, according to the school district's website. "We're not sure exactly why he came to school with a knife". School nurses administered first aid until paramedics arrived.