11-Year-Old Charged With Attempted Murder After Stabbing of Fifth-Grader at Elementary School

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An 11-year-old boy has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing a classmate at an elementary school in Boyle Heights.

Children walk on the campus of Bridge Street Elementary on March 17, 2016, when one fifth-grader allegedly stabbed another. (Credit: KTLA)

Children walk on the campus of Bridge Street Elementary on March 17, 2016, when one fifth-grader allegedly stabbed another. (Credit: KTLA)

The child was charged with one count of attempted murder and one count of bringing or possessing a weapon on grounds, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Friday.

The boy, who was not identified due to his age, was due in juvenile court on Monday, the spokesman said.

The stabbing took place at Bridge Street Elementary School on Thursday morning. The school’s principal sent a letter home to parents saying Los Angeles Unified School District was working with police to investigate the incident.

Children at the school told KTLA the victim was stabbed in the back with a pocket knife and ran bleeding to the main office. The child was taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, but his condition was not known.

LAUSD would not confirm any details Thursday, only saying that students were involved and thus the district could not comment further.

On Friday, the president of United Teachers Los Angeles, the district’s teachers union, Alex Caputo-Pearl, issued a statement about the incident.

“On behalf of all UTLA members, I would like to express sincere sadness over the incident involving two fifth-grade students at Bridges Elementary School in Boyle Heights,” Caputo-Pearl said, in part.