High School Stabbing In Pittsburgh Area Leaves 20 Injured
Wednesday, April 9, 7:30PM
The suspect in the stabbing at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pa., has been named, and is currently being held in a juvenile detention center. Sixteen-year-old Alex Hribal will be charged as an adult, according to authorities, who said the student will face four counts of attempted homicide and 21 counts of aggravated assault.
Wednesday, April 9, 10:00AM
Twenty people were injured in a stabbing attack at Franklin Regional Senior High School in Murrysville, Pa., near Pittsburgh, on Wednesday morning. No fatalities were immediately reported. A spokesman for the county said many of the injured suffered wounds to their arms or legs — two knives were used in the attack — though several were flown to nearby hospitals with more serious injuries. The alleged perpetrator, a student, was taken custody Wednesday morning, ABC News reported.
Nineteen students and a security guard were injured in the attack. At least three of the students remained hospitalized on Wednesday afternoon with abdominal injuries. Those injuries were life-threatening, but all of the students are expected to survive. The attacker, a 16-year-old, was also treated for injuries.
The attacks were called in at 7:13 a.m. and reportedly occurred in multiple classrooms in the school's science wing just as the school day was starting. Thomas Seefield, Murrysville's police chief, said the attack continued for at least 15 minutes until the school's principal and a police officer who works at the school managed to stop him.
One student, Mia Meixner, told CNN that she was there when the stabbing occurred and tried to help a fellow student who was injured.
I started hearing a stampede of students coming down from the other end of the hall, saying "Get out, we need to leave, go, there's a kid with a knife." Then a teacher came over to me and the girl I was trying to help. And she said she would handle the girl and that I should run out. So then I just ran out of the school and tried to get out as soon as possible.
Franklin Regional is a suburban school outside Pittsburgh with about 3,700 students. A school administrator posted an update on the school's website on Wednesday urging parents to come pick up their kids.
After a critical incident at Franklin Regional Senior High School this morning, the campus was locked down. Elementary classes were cancelled and high school students were evacuated to the middle school. Law enforcement are working with the school district to manage the situation.
Most of the injured were students. On Twitter, one student said she thought a fire drill was occurring, only to find out her brother had been attacked and was on his way to the hospital.
Two other students were also reportedly undergoing surgery on Wednesday.
Students on Twitter and Instagram praised one student for screaming and pulling the fire alarm. One student wrote, "I wouldn't have known to run if that didn't happen."
Nate Scimio is OK. He posted a picture of himself in a hospital gown with a bandaged arm to Instagram.