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NJ student in custody after stabbing principal: police

Posted at 3:20 PM, Jun 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-15 09:27:52-04

RUTHERFORD, N.J. — An elementary school student is in custody after stabbing a teacher in the North Jersey town of Rutherford, police said.

Rutherford PD responded Friday morning to reports of the incident and took custody of the 14-year-old boy accused of the attack, as well as a folding knife.

The victim is the principal of Union School, who was leading his school’s 8th grade class through a graduation rehearsal at the Washington School gymnasium.

According to police, the assailant ran across the gym and proceeded to thrust the knife, striking the chest of the principal several times.

The suspect then turned around, dropped the knife and placed his hands in the air. A teacher then secured the knife and walked the attacker outside the gym, where officers took him into custody.

No one else was attacked during the incident. Local ambulance responded and treated both the suspect and principal for non-life threatening wounds.

The suspect was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose and unlawful possession. The suspect remains in custody.

Authorities are investigating the incident.