Unclear why 8-year-old slashed students

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Sauk Rapids Police Chief Perry Beise says the boy randomly cut three children at Pleasantview Elementary School on Monday morning, then went into the office and set the knife down. The 8-year-old Minnesota elementary school student, who was not named, was talking to three of his classmate, ages 13,9, and 8 when he became verbally aggressive. Police, ambulance and parents were called and responded. After the attack, which occurred around 7:15 a.m., the boy walked to the school office and put the knife down, WCCO Channel 4 reports. All three were treated and released from a local hospital, according to the Star Tribune in Minnesota. After putting his backpack away, the second-grade student took out a knife and slashed three students with it, the superintendent said. No one was severely injured during the incident but the students needed a couple of stitches.

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Police say there is no indication the boy's parents will face any charges. The other two are Pleasantview Elementary students.

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The incident took place in the hallway as students were heading to class.

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St. Mary's, the parish school of Immaculate Conception, now has about 75 students in kindergarten through 5th grade. School officials say they will work with the family of the attacker and law enforcement in dealing with the incident. Pleasantview has 720 students in kindergarten through fifth grade, according to the school district's website. The chief says he doesn't know if the boy had been bullied or had mental health issues. There are approximately 790 students enrolled at the elementary school.

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