SAUK RAPIDS – An 8-year-old boy from Pleasantview Elementary School came to school with a kitchen knife around 7:15 am on Monday and ] attacked students at random, according to the authorities.

Three students – 8, 9 and 13 years old – were cut in the incident, according to Sauk Rapids Police Chief Perry Beise.

Beise said the children had "superficial wounds to sew" and that no one else was seriously injured. Two children were taken to the hospital by their parents, where they were treated and released.

The suspect was arrested by the Sauk Rapids police, interviewed and has since been released to his parents.

Acting Superintendent Bruce Watkins said that "the second grader entered the building, put away his backpack and pulled out a knife and hit three students."

Watkins said the incident lasted approximately five minutes before the student was arrested for "adult intervention."

Watkins declined to comment further on the 8-year-old because of the privacy rules of the students.

All parents of children who attended Pleasantview received an electronic notice of the incident this morning. Watkins said classes were not interrupted, since the incident occurred before school, and classes will continue as usual for the rest of the day.

Watkins also said there will be mental health professionals available at the school for students and teachers affected by the incident.

Pleasantview has students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade. There are approximately 790 students enrolled in elementary school.

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