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Local News in Brief : Youth Charged in Teacher’s Stabbing

A ninth-grader accused of stabbing his English teacher at a Sylmar junior high school was charged Wednesday with assault with a deadly weapon on a school employee, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said.

The 15-year-old Pacoima youth, who was not identified, is scheduled to be arraigned today in Sylmar Juvenile Court, said Deputy District Atty. Michelle Rosenblatt.

The suspect is accused of stabbing Cynthia Edwards, 37, in front of a classroom full of students Monday at Olive Vista Junior High School. Edwards, of Palmdale, suffered a three-inch-deep wound in her back and was recovering at Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills.

Los Angeles police arrested the youth, who had a history of minor disciplinary problems at school, on suspicion of attempted murder. Citing juvenile privacy laws, Rosenblatt said she could not disclose details about the case that led to the filing of a lesser charge.

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