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Montgomery County police charged a 12-year-old boy with assault after they say he stabbed another boy on the soccer field on Tuesday at Newport Mill Middle School.

Police said on Tuesday that a boy had been stabbed and had injuries to his hands and back that were not considered life threatening, but they had few details.

Sgt. Rebecca Innocenti, a police spokeswoman, said Wednesday morning that witnesses told police that two groups of kids planned to meet for a fight on the soccer field, which is in the Kensington area, near Wheaton. She said one kid then used a pocket knife to wound the victim, who had a puncture wound and a cut. She did not say where on the boy’s body the wounds were.

Officer Rick Goodale, a police spokesman, said Wednesday afternoon that the attacker was charged with first-degree assault, then released to his parents. Goodale did not know the victim’s age but said the boys knew each other. He also didn’t have any more information about what prompted the fight.

After the fight, Innocenti said, the group of kids told police someone gave them a ride to the Wheaton Community Recreation Center, slightly more than a mile away. The staff at the recreation center, she said, called 911 and the victim was taken to the hospital.

Both the victim and attacker of the stabbing are Montgomery County Public Schools students. One attends New Port Mill Middle School, according to an email Newport Mill Principal Panagiota Tsonis sent to the school community. Tsonis wrote in the email that the attack happened around 3:15 p.m. Tuesday.


The second student involved attends Col. E. Brooke Lee Middle School, according to a message from school officials to Lee families.

Newport Mill Middle School normally dismisses at 3 p.m. according to its bell schedule, but students were released two and a half hours early Tuesday because of the threat of snow.

This story was updated at 4:55 p.m. Thursday to include information from school officials at Col. E. Brooke Lee Middle School that was not previously available.


Staff reporter Caitlynn Peetz contributed to this story

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