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Fifth Grader Accused Of Stabbing Classmate With A Pocketknife At School

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A fifth grade boy allegedly stabbed a classmate yesterday morning at their Boyle Heights elementary school. The alleged attack took place yesterday morning at about 10:30 a.m. at Bridge Street Elementary School in Boyle Heights when one fifth grade boy allegedly stabbed another in the back with a pocketknife, according to City News Service.

The victim was taken to the hospital, and LAUSD police Sgt. George Sandoval said there should be an update on his condition later today.

The alleged attacker was taken to juvenile hall on an attempted murder charge, according to CBS Los Angeles. However, because he is a minor, authorities say it is likely his charge will be lessened to assault with a deadly weapon.

A witness who lives near the school told CBS Los Angeles that he saw "police escorting a little kid in handcuffs and I thought that was kind of strange."

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LAUSD Superintendent Michelle King released a statement about the incident.

The entire L.A. Unified family is saddened by the tragic incident involving two students at Bridge Street Elementary School yesterday.  Student safety is paramount and remains our top priority.   Our thoughts go out to the entire school community, especially the victim.   While the law enforcement investigation continues, the District is providing support for students and staff, including those who may have witnessed the incident.  Crisis counselors are at the school today.   All schools have a Safe School Plan in place, and this plan will be included in the recovery process at Bridge Street Elementary School.