11-year-old slashes fellow student with a knife at Woburn middle school, police say

The 12-year-old victim sustained "superficial" injuries, according to officials.

An 11-year-old middle school student in Woburn allegedly “slashed” another student with a knife during a fight Thursday morning between the two boys, city officials said.

The 12-year-old male victim sustained “superficial,” nonlife-threatening injuries from the incident reported at 7:50 a.m. at Kennedy Middle School and was taken to a local hospital, according to a joint statement from Mayor Scott Galvin, Police Chief Robert Rufo and Superintendent of Schools Matthew Crowley.

A school resource officer took the juvenile suspect into custody moments after the incident and took a “small knife” from him, the statement said.

“Due to the fact that this incident involves juveniles, there are certain things we cannot discuss under the law, but we have determined that this incident was not a random act and it appears to be an isolated incident,” officials said. “Out of an abundance of caution, the school was placed in Shelter in Place mode during the initial investigation, but the school has returned to its normal schedule at this time.”


The suspect will be disciplined at the school level and could also face charges in Lowell Juvenile Court, the statement said.

Officials believe “there is no further danger to the school.”


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