24 injured at Franklin Regional High School in Pennsylvania after mass stabbing

By Elise Gabriele,

A student went on a stabbing rampage on Wednesday that left 24 people injured at the Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Penn.

A male suspect, Alex Hribal, who authorities say is a 16-year-old student at the high school reportedly attacked his fellow classmates with two large kitchen knives, according to NPR.

Not everyone who suffered an injury got stabbed or were students; some were hurt during the rush to get out of the school and away from danger. A security guard was also hurt during the stabbing spree.

“I saw this kid in all black running down the hallway, stabbing,” said Gracey Evans, a junior from Murrysville. “He was just stabbing everybody that was in his way,” she told Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Four victims of the stabbing were airlifted to Forbes Regional Medical Center reports WESA, Pittsburgh’s NPR news station. The station, which is live reporting the stabbing aftermath, stated that Dr. Chris Kauffman, doctor at the medical center, said that despite the severity of the some of the wounds, everyone was expected to live.

Evans who applied pressure to the wounds of one of her classmates was described as a “real hero” by social workers when she and her injured friends were taken to Forbes Regional.

“I'm still shaking. I was crying. Then the mother of the boy that I helped comes in, and she saw me and she just started crying, and I said to her, 'I saved your son,' and she started crying some more," Evans said.

Assistant principal of Franklin Regional, Sam King, tackled the suspect after a student pulled a fire alarm. The suspect is now in police custody.

Murrysville Police Chief Thomas Seefeld said in an interview with the Post-Gazette that the motive for the stabbing is still unclear.

Officials say that they plan on charging Hribal as an adult.



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