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The Latest: Boy accused in stabbing not a known troublemaker

August 17, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on a stabbing attack at an Oklahoma high school (all times local):

1:35 p.m.

Authorities say a 14-year-old boy who used a knife to attack a female classmate during a school assembly in central Oklahoma didn’t have a reputation as a troublemaker.

Luther Police Chief David Randall said Friday that investigators are interviewing staff at students following the Thursday attack at Luther High School. Randall says a trend has emerged from the interviews that could point to a motive, but he declined to elaborate.

But he and Superintended Barry Gunn say the boy has no history of trouble at the school.

Randall says the 14-year-old victim remains hospitalized in Oklahoma City and is expected to fully recover. He says she suffered numerous stab wounds and was only acquainted with the boy.

Randall says the boy “blurted out some statements that made no sense” after he was taken into custody.

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10:30 a.m.

Police are interviewing staff and students at a rural Oklahoma high school after a 14-year-old boy repeatedly stabbed a female classmate with a knife during a school assembly.

Luther Police Chief David Randall said Friday that a trend has emerged from the interviews that could lead to a motive, but he declined to elaborate. He says the students were acquainted.

Randall says the victim remains hospitalized in Oklahoma City and is expected to fully recover following the Thursday knife attack at Luther High School, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Oklahoma City. He says the 14-year-old girl suffered numerous stab wounds.

Randall says the boy “blurted out some statements that made no sense” after he was taken into custody Thursday.

The boy is being held in juvenile custody. School officials haven’t returned messages seeking comment.

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