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A psychiatric patient screaming anti-Semitic slogans stabbed four children in the playground of a Jewish school Monday, police said.

The children, ranging in age from 6 to 8, were hospitalized after the attack, which occurred before classes started at the Hebrew Congregation's Kadimah College and Kindergarten school.Witnesses said the woman, identified in court as 52-year-old Pauline Janet Williamson, was shouting anti-Semitic slogans as she rushed into the playground and began stabbing the screaming children.

She was disarmed by a male teacher on duty at the playground.

Staff members and parents rushed to help the injured children as schoolmates watched in horror.

Conditions of the hospitalized children were not immediately available, although it appeared that none of the injuries was life-threatening.

Williamson, 52, did not enter a plea when charged with four counts of attempted murder in Auckland District Court on Monday afternoon.

She was remanded to Carrington Hospital, a psychiatric facility where she has been an outpatient. She was ordered to be kept under "complete security and close observation."