Boy charged with Ontario school stabbing

A 15-year-old boy accused of stabbing five people at a high school near Ottawa has been charged with attempted murder.

He's still in hospital being treated for what investigators describe as self-inflicted knife wounds to his wrists and hands.

Originally police said there was no evidence linking Thursday's attack to the first anniversary of a deadly shooting rampage at a school in Littleton, Colorado.

But they now confirm they have "documents" that may establish a connection. No further details have been released.

Police laid several charges Saturday, including one count of attempted murder, five counts of assault with a weapon, and one count of possessing a dangerous weapon.

The youth, who cannot be named because he's being prosecuted under the Young Offenders Act, has been remanded in custody until Wednesday.

Witnesses say the attack Thursday at Cairine Wilson Secondary School began with an argument during the lunch hour, outside the library on the second floor.

According to police, a boy threatened a fellow student before finally stabbing him with a steak knife. The suspect then ran through the school and stabbed another student. A third victim was stabbed outside a computer room, and two more people were attacked inside.

The victims included three boys, a girl, and a teacher's aide who was working in the computer lab. The teens were treated in hospital and released. The school employee remains in hospital with stab wounds in her back.

The suspect was throwing computer equipment around the room and out the window when he was confronted by Michael Jordan, the school principal, and two teachers. Jordan talked the teen into giving up the knife.

Students described the accused as a "loner" who was often bullied and teased about his appearance.

The school has remained closed since the stabbings. On Friday, some students gathered at a nearby elementary school where counsellors were brought in to help them cope with the terror of the violent attack.