UPDATE: 20 Students Reportedly Stabbed in Pennsylvania School Rampage

A male sophomore, identified as Alex Hribal, is in custody in conjunction with the attack, according to reports.

Franklin Regional High School
Franklin Regional High School

As many as 20 people were stabbed in an attack at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pa. Wednesday morning, according to media reports.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that four people were airlifted from the school, which is outside of Pittsburgh, in serious condition from the stabbing attack. A male student, identified in several media reports as Alex Hribal, 16, is in custody in conjunction with the attack.

The New York Times reported that the student went from classroom to classroom stabbing people. Information as to what may have prompted the attack has not been released. In that report, the Times quoted an official who said most of the injuries were to the extremities. 

It is unclear whether those injuries are life threatening. CNN quoted a source who said some students are in critical condition. However, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette quoted an official who said none of the injuries were life threatening. 

Three of the victims have undergone or are in the process of surgery for their injuries, according to the Times.

The attack happened shortly after 7 a.m., as students were arriving to school, according to several media reports. A witness told the Pittsburgh Post Gazette that the suspect was tackled by the school's assistant principal. 

The FBI has been summoned to the crime scene, NBC News reported.

The school district updated its website with the following announcement:

"A critical incident has occurred at the high school. All elementary schools are cancelled, the middle school and high school students are secure. Additional information will be released as soon as possible. Please keep our campus clear of traffic."

Franklin Regional High School is located Westmoreland County, about 20 miles east of Pittsburgh.

alivettg April 10, 2014 at 07:08 AM
And had the teacher been able to carry a concealed weapon, the stabber wouldn't have been able to make it past the first victim!!!
MPorchik April 10, 2014 at 07:27 AM
Having a teacher fire a gun into a crowded hallway may not have been the best solution.
alivettg April 10, 2014 at 09:06 AM
Never said anything about SHOOTING!! But you may be surprised how quickly the kid would've DROPPED his weapon had he had one pointing at him!!!
MPorchik April 10, 2014 at 11:44 AM
You are making an assumption that a kid whose mental state was sufficiently messed up that he brought two knives to school to stab his schoolmates would drop his weapons due to another weapon. So what's the outcome if he doesn't drop the knives? Does the teacher then shoot into the crowd? If not, the gun isn't really much of a deterrent.
Gary April 10, 2014 at 12:37 PM
@amisstree Your on the right track with the media. But it goes deeper than that I think. The gargbage that I see on television nightly is revolting! Whatever happened to our standards. If these kids aren't watching someone being tortured or killed there, they're doing it themselves in video games. Seems anything goes now-a-day. In fact, KDKA had someone bring this up yesterday and mention a recent television program that featured an attack with knives. And I just thought I'd mention that a lot of others are right about how much worse this could have been if this kid would have got his hands on some guns.


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