A 16 year old male student is in police custody after stabbing 19 fellow students today at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, PA. A school security guard was also injured. The incident occurred shortly after 7 a.m. this morning. CBS Pittsburgh has identified the male as Alex Hribal.
“I was shocked and saddened upon learning of the events that occurred this morning as students arrived at Franklin Regional High School. As a parent and grandparent, I can think of nothing more distressing than senseless violence against children. My heart and prayers go out to all the victims and their families,” said Governor Tom Corbett earlier today.
The student entered school yielding two knives. The knives were approximately eight to 10 inches long. He proceeded down the hallways before school even started simply stabbing whoever was there.
"He did it so stealthily that at first no one knew what was happening," Josh Frank, a freshman, told the Chicago Tribune.
One student pulled a fire alarm, according to CNN. Police Chief Thomas Seefeld said pulling the fire alarm created just enough of a chaos to allow the other students to escape. Chief Seefeld said the police were originally notified by the school’s resource Officer (SRO).
“I have directed the Pennsylvania State Police to assist local law enforcement in its investigation in any way possible. Other state resources will be made available to the community, if needed. I assure the citizens of Murrysville that they have the full support of my administration,” said Governor Corbett.
Three students have undergone surgery today at Forbes Hospital as a result of the incident. According to the Pittsburgh Business Times, the surgeries lasted two to four hours each.
Murrysville is located in Westmoreland County, east of Pittsburgh.
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