Published: Sep 15, 2011 7:40 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Health officials in Puerto Rico say a middle school student has stabbed at least 40 classmates with a hypodermic needle. All are being tested for possible diseases and are being given preventive medicine.
Health Department spokeswoman Margarita Casalduc says the attack occurred Tuesday at a school in the southern coastal town of Arroyo. She says she does not know if the syringe contained anything or was contaminated.
Education Secretary Jesus Rivera Sanchez said in a statement that the female suspect has been suspended.
Officials said counselors were meeting Thursday with the parents of the stabbed students.

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