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Student Stabbed at Polo Park Middle in Wellington

An eighth-grade student at Polo Park Middle School was stabbed by another student Thursday morning.

The student, a female, was transported by helicopter to St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach with what reports say were minor injuries and released.

According to WPBF, the girl was stabbed by a fellow student, a boy, though it's still unclear what he used to stab her. Police were called to Polo Park, located at 11901 Lake Worth Road in Wellington, Thursday morning shortly after 9 a.m.

According to at least one student, the boy ran into the cafeteria as a resource officer chased him. The boy was then tackled by the officer and taken into custody.

The school was briefly put on lockdown after the incident, but that was lifted around 11 a.m.

Palm Beach County School District officials say that this is was an isolated incident and that no other students were in danger.

The school's principal, Ann Clark, released a statement saying the crisis team was called to the school to speak to anyone who needed.

"Before the start of school on Thursday, there was an incident in our school's courtyard and a student was stabbed by another student," Clark's statement reads. "Our school's police officer immediately apprehended the suspect, and the student was taken into custody. The victim was transported to St. Mary's Medical Center, was treated and released. The district's crisis team is at the school today and will remain on campus as long as they're needed. The safety and well-being of our students is our top priority, and we are grateful to our School District Police for their quick response."

Parents of Polo Park Middle were notified of the incident via text and were told they were free to pick up their kids before regular dismissal if they wanted to.

The parents of both students involved have been notified of the incident.

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