11-year-old slashes student with knife at Woburn middle school

WOBURN, Mass. — Classes have resumed at Kennedy Middle School in Woburn after a reported stabbing sent the school into a shelter in place mode.

Officials say just before 8 a.m., a fight broke out between two students and escalated when one student slashed another with a knife.

Police say the 11-year-old assailant was taken into custody and a small knife was seized. A 12-year-old victim was taken to a local hospital to be treated for superficial wounds.

The 11-year-old will face discipline from the school district, but will not be charged.

In a joint statement, Mayor Scott Galvin, Police Chief Robert Rufo and Superintendent of Schools Matthew Cowley say the incident was not random and there is no danger to the school:

"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.

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 safety, security and well-being of the students and all members of the school community is our first priority. We have determined that there is no further danger to the school."