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Officials: Middle school student stabbed 40 classmates with needle

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(CBS/AP) SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - A middle school student in Puerto Rico stabbed at least 40 classmates with a hypodermic needle, health officials say.

All of the students who were stabbed are being tested for possible diseases and are being given preventive medicine.

Health Department spokeswoman Margartia Casalduc says the attack occurred Tuesday at a school in Arroyo, a southern coastal town. She says she does not know if the syringe contained anything or was contaminated.

Education Secretary Jesus Rivera Sanchez said in a statement that the female suspect has been suspended.

Officials said counselors were meeting Thursday with the parents of the stabbed students.

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