Boy, 12, slashed by knife at Massachusetts middle school

Woburn police responded to Kennedy Middle School for a report of one student stabbing another in the hand, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (WBTS)

Authorities say a student at a Massachusetts middle school received superficial wounds when he was slashed with a knife wielded by another student.

The mayor, the police chief and the school superintendent in Woburn said in a joint statement that staff at the John F. Kennedy Middle School heard about a fight involving two students just before 8 a.m. Thursday.

The school resource officer quickly took an 11-year-old boy into custody and seized what was reported to be a "short knife."

The injured 12-year-old student was treated at the scene and taken to a hospital.

Authorities said the fight was an isolated incident and "not a random act."

The school was in shelter-in-place mode briefly but has since returned to a normal schedule.

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