A grade 6 student age 13, was stabbed to death in his classroom when an attacker, thought to be a young man from the same village as the student, entered the school in Pandhalkudi, Virudhnagar district, and stabbed him to death with a sharp weapon before classes began. His classmates watched in horror as the attacker stabbed him thrice in the forehead. The victim was rushed to hospital but died on the way. A senior officer said the attacker, also a minor, is absconding. The two boys appear to have had a dispute in the village. They are investigating the case. The school was immediately closed and local residents blocked road traffic in protest.