School attack injures 7-year-old boy

April 25, 2008 1:57:03 PM PDT
Oakland school officials said today they are concerned about an apparently vicious attack on a 7-year-old student by another student at a school Monday and are conducting a thorough investigation of the incident.

Speaking at a news conference at Piedmont Avenue Elementary School where Zachary Cataldo was injured, state administrator Vincent Matthews, said, "We deeply regret when any of our students are hurt. We want all of our students to feel safe at school."

Principal Angela Haick said, "We are very saddened that one of our students was seriously injured. We anxiously look for his return to school. He is missed."

School board member Kerry Hamill said Zachary was hospitalized for two nights but has been medically cleared to come back to school. School district spokesman Troy Flint said the investigation into Monday's incident is continuing but the preliminary indication is that Zachary "was not a hapless victim."

He declined to elaborate.


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