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Pa. School Stabbing Suspect to Be Tried as Adult

Alex Hribal faces four counts of attempted homicide, 21 counts of aggravated assault and one count of possession of a weapon on school grounds.

A suburban Pittsburgh teen who has been charged in connection with a stabbing rampage at his high school will be tried as an adult.

According to several media reports, 16-year-old Alex Hribal was arraigned as an adult after officials say he used two, 8-inch stainless-steel knives to injure more than 20 people at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pa. Wednesday morning. 

Hribal is being held without bail at the Westmoreland County Regional Youth Services Center, CNN reported. He faces four counts of attempted homicide, 21 counts of aggravated assault and one count of possession of a weapon on school grounds, CNN reported.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that four people were airlifted from the school in serious condition from the stabbing attack. Hribal, a sophomore, was taken into custody shortly after the 7:15 a.m. attack.

One victim remained critically injured as of Wednesday night, according to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

The New York Times reported that Hribal went from classroom to classroom stabbing people. Information as to what may have prompted the attack has not been released. Three of the victims underwent surgery for their injuries, according to the Times.

The attack happened 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, Sam King. 

The FBI was summoned to the crime scene, NBC News reported. Governor Tom Corbett visited the town, located about 20 miles east of Pittsburgh. “There are a number of heroes in this day. Many of them are students,” Corbett said.

Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey said he was "stunned."

“I am stunned by the senseless tragedy at Franklin Regional High School.  Our schools should be places where children can learn and grow without fear of violence," Casey said. "I am inspired by the bravery of the school personnel and students, and I am grateful for the heroic work of the first responders, emergency and medical personnel who cared for those injured."

Students1st April 12, 2014 at 10:06 PM
Nothing validates the point of a lifelong parasite McDonald - Those (other than emergency responders) who make their living from property taxes being "PARASITES" - What I post is taken as abusive ONLY by parasites and their sycophants .. I fully understand that and so does every TRUE taxpayer who is being victimized by union parasites - :)
tamarya April 12, 2014 at 10:16 PM
Thank you dwayne. Now on another note, there should be no one adult or child victimized by a pig, in no school, no public, setting, no home, no church, nowhere. If you are that horny then buy yourself a blowup doll or vibrator and leave victims alone.
John Child April 13, 2014 at 08:40 AM
Any mention anywhere about whether or not this kid was on prescribed pharmaceuticals? I understand that big per centage of the young homicidal maniacs of late were on prescribed drugs... is that the case here?
Robert Stevens April 16, 2014 at 06:42 AM
http://link.patch.com/50c3992fe4bbddbbd6c69957534e57b6fdd5ac15780004ab/U05XysPo67YY5Qv6Af2b1
Students1st April 19, 2014 at 09:01 AM
Oh lookie ... McDonald has changed her name to Country1st - very hypocritical McDonald, considering what financial pedophile teachers like yourself McDonald have done to our once great country - Rosemary Decker (CityonaHill, Cathy Binder) would be proud of your teachers union deceitfulness.

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