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Student Attacks School Resource Officer

By: Associated Press and WTVY
By: Associated Press and WTVY

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) - The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office says a school resource officer was injured more seriously that initially thought when he was stabbed repeatedly by a seventh grader earlier this week.

The sheriff's office released more information Thursday about the attack, which occurred Tuesday at a middle school in Palm Harbor, northwest of Tampa. The officer, Kenneth Fridlund, suffered internal injuries in what the sheriff's office described as an unrelenting attack by the 13-year-old boy. The officer was stabbed at least three times before the boy could be subdued with pepper spray.

The new information was released after the boy's grandmother claimed the officer was stabbed accidentally while scuffling with him.

Reports said the boy turned on the officer with the knife after bringing bottles filled with gasoline to school.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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