Chief: Unclear why 8-year-old slashed students

Clay Curtis
April 17, 2018

Authorities say an 8-year-old student took a kitchen knife to a central Minnesota elementary school and attacked three other children. All three were treated and released from a local hospital, according to the Star Tribune in Minnesota. Police describe the injuries as minor, but two students required stitches because they were cut in the back of the head.

The police chief in a Minnesota city where an 8-year-old slashed three other students with a knife says he wishes he knew why the boy did it.

The chief says he doesn't know if the boy had been bullied or had mental health issues.

He says the boy cooperated with investigators.

The attacker was taken into custody by police and released to his parents.

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The case is being forwarded to the Benton County Attorney's Office.

Oak Grove Academy is a therapeutic program serving students from Forest Grove, Banks, and Hillsboro School Districts with social-emotional needs, behavioral concerns, and developmental disabilities.

This morning we had an unfortunate incident that happened before school started. The parents of the three injured students chose to transport their children either home or to receive further medical attention. Police, ambulance and parents were called and responded.

Prior to working at the Forest Grove School District, Slaughter, who holds a bachelors degree in Health Education and a masters degree in Counseling Psychology, was a skills trainer and therapist for the Professional Therapeutic Community Network in Salem, and with the United States Marine Reserves.

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