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Sixth-grader stabbed in face with broken pencil at Illinois middle school

EAST MOLINE, Ill. (WQAD) — A mother in East Moline says her son doesn’t feel safe at Glenview Elementary School after a classmate stabbed him in the face with a broken pencil.

Candice Leshoure said that she rushed to the school as soon as she learned that her 11-year-old son was hurt. Just before gym class on Monday, a sixth-grade girl stabbed him in the face very close to his eye.

“I was like, Oh, my God, this happened with another student?” Leshoure said. “And they said, ‘Yeah,’ and I said, ‘Well where was everybody?'”

Leshoure’s son said he had an argument with the girl before she attacked him with the pencil. Seeing the cut on the boy’s face, Leshoure pulled him out of school and took him to the doctor. She hopes facial glue will help prevent a permanent scar.

“I was afraid I was going to get stitches,” said the injured student. “I was thinking of that in my mind, so my heart just dropped and I felt like I was on a roller coaster.”

Leshoure said the girl involved received a one-day in-school suspension. Glenview Middle School would not comment on the boy’s injury or disciplinary measures for the girl.

“I do feel like if the shoe was on the other foot, and he cut a kid, and by him being a male, it would have been a very extreme punishment,” Leshoure said. “And I do not think one day would have satisfied (anyone) — not the superintendent, not the school and not even the other child and their family.”

Glenview Middle School told News 8 that the situation remains under investigation.

In the meantime, Leshoure worries about her son going back to class with the girl who hurt him.

“I don’t feel like he’s safe there,” she said. “I don’t feel like there’s enough staff, and, if there is enough, I don’t feel like they’re doing what they need to do to keep our kids safe.”

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Jungle Cruise boat at Disney World takes on water with passengers on board

 (CNN) — Disney’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando may be known as “The Most Magical Place on Earth,” but for some visitors riding the Jungle Cruise on Thursday, the experience was a bit less magical and a lot more wet.

The ride takes passengers on an adventure through the world’s exotic rivers with a humorous skipper as the guide. But around noon, one of the boats started taking on water while passengers were on board.

Matthew Vince, who was on the ride, said more than a foot of water flooded the boat.

The boat “went from floating to sunk in about a minute,” Vince told CNN affiliate WPTV. “Everyone was fine and we were rescued in about 20 minutes.”

A spokesperson for Disney confirmed to CNN affiliate WFTV that the boat took on some water, but added that everyone was able to get off the boat safely.

Firefighters with the Reedy Creek Fire Department responded to the scene, but no one was transported to the hospital, a spokeswoman with the department told CNN.

The ride reopened around 2:30 p.m., according to WPTV.

The Jungle Cruise, which opened in 1971, is a fan favorite and one of the park’s most iconic rides, so the incident naturally got Twitter stirring.

Some speculated it was a publicity stunt to promote Disney’s upcoming “Jungle Cruise” movie featuring Dwayne Johnson.

Others jokingly worried for the fate of the guests because of all the dangerous “beasts” they could encounter.

Disney said it worked with the people who were on the boat so that they could enjoy the rest of their day at the park, according to CNN affiliate WESH.

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