CU temps on leave after stabbing |

CU temps on leave after stabbing

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

BOULDER, Colo. ” The University of Colorado says eight temporary employees referred by a mental-health agency are on paid leave after a former participant in the program was accused of attacking a student with a knife.

CU spokesman Bronson Hilliard says the school hopes they can return to work if background checks find no violent crimes.

Kenton Drew Astin is accused of slashing Michael George Knorps across the neck on Monday. Knorps, of Winnetka, Illinois, was doing well after surgery.

Astin was arrested and hospitalized after stabbing himself in the chest.

He worked as a CU cashier last year after was referred to the school by Chinook Clubhouse.

Hilliard says at least eight other people referred by Chinook were working at the school this year.