Parents scared after stabbing at Dayton elementary school

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) -“It’s upsetting.  I send my kids to school to learn and to be safe and that doesn’t seem like it’s happening,” said parent Tara Rodriguez.

She has two daughters who go to Cleveland Elementary School.

Rodriguez tells us that she found out about the stabbing when she picked them up Thursday afternoon.

“My daughter was just telling me she heard about it and she knows who the kids are,” explains Rodriguez.

School officials made a 911 call around 9:30 Thursday morning.

“A young man has been stabbed in his upper back.  He doesn’t have movement in his arms or his neck.  He has movement in his legs,” said the caller.

Dayton Police said an 11-year-old boy was doing sit-ups in gym class when a 12-year-old classmate stuck a knitting needle behind him and the 11-year-old fell back on it.

Police said they don’ t know why the 12-year-old did it, but he could possibly face charges of misdemeanor assault.

A school resource officer was in the building and responded immediately.

Dayton Public Schools spokesperson Jill Moberley said no lockdown was issued and no one was evacuated.

Moberley told 2 NEWS parents weren’t immediately notified after the incident.

She said all of the proper emergency procedures were followed. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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