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Knife-wielding student at Moscow school abandons suicide plan, police say

December 06, 2018, 13:48 UTC+3 MOSCOW

A law enforcement source said that the student suffered from a mental disorder

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MOSCOW, December 6. /TASS/. A teenager who brought a knife to a Moscow school on Thursday has given up his plan to commit suicide and has been handed over to medical workers, the press service of the Russian Interior Ministry’s Main Moscow Department told TASS.

"Police officers managed to persuade the teenager to abandon his plans," police said, adding that "he has been handed over to doctors who will examine him and provide him with necessary medical care".

Meanwhile, a law enforcement source said that the student suffered from a mental disorder. "He has some mental issues, his parents even planned to send him to a mental hospital for treatment," the source said.

People who know the student say he takes some anxiety pills on a regular basis. "He has been suffering from headaches and nervous breakdowns so he had to take some pills regularly," one of them told TASS.

On Thursday morning, a tenth grader brought a knife to School Number 1359 in Moscow’s Zhulebino District. At first, he threatened to attack teachers and then said he would kill himself.

All children were evacuated from the school building. Russia’s Investigative Committee has launched a pre-investigation probe into the incident.

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