As of Friday, March 9, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- A teacher's assistant at a Lawrenceville school for special-needs students was hospitalized Friday after a student attacked her with a knife, officials said.
The paraprofessional, who was not immediately identified, received cuts to her forehead and hands and was transported to an area hospital.
The attack happened about 11:15 a.m. Friday in a bathroom at the Hooper Renwick School, which serves students with psychological behavior problems, said Gwinnett Public Schools spokesperson Jorge Quintana.
Quintana said the unidentified student is "middle-school aged." She was arrested by school police on charges of aggravated assault, possession of a weapon and disruption of a public school.
Officials believe the student had brought the knife from home. What prompted the attack was unknown Friday.
"From what I understand, this is a student that an employee has to be working one-on-one with at all times," Quintana said.
The injured employee had been hired by the district about a month prior, he said.
School resource officers were continuing an investigation Friday afternoon.