A Pennsylvania school stabbing today has left at least 20 injured in what police have described as a “bloodbath.” A 16-year-old sophomore student at the Franklin Regional High School, in the suburb of Murrysville, near Pittsburgh, went on a stabbing spree with two knives shortly after school got under way this morning, indiscriminately stabbing his fellow students and a security guard.
NBC News carried the breaking report today: “The suspect, a 16-year-old sophomore, was in custody and being questioned by police, authorities said. His motive was unclear, said Dan Stevens, a Westmoreland County emergency management spokesman.”
As of the writing of this article, no deaths have been reported, although seven teenaged students and one adult were taken to Forbes Regional Hospital with “life threatening injuries.” While their conditions have not yet been formally updated, Forbes Hospital’s trauma director Dr. Chris Kauffman said all are expected to live.
“None of these are superficial wounds,” Kauffman told reporters gathered outside of the hospital. “These are all significant stabbing wounds, every one.”
A total of 11 individuals required medical attention.
Murrysville police chief Thomas Seefeld said the unidentified student was “flashing two knives around,” as he made his way down a first-floor hallway and into classrooms, slashing students in the chest, back and abdomen.
Seefeld said the attacker was ultimately tackled by the school’s principal. Not all of the students were injured by the knife attacks; several sustained injuries because of the resulting mayhem and panic.
Student Kari Lee was walking into the school when her classmates came running out, screaming. Several of her friends were injured in the attack.
“I was walking into the school and a stampede of people were running after me,” Lee said. “They were screaming, ‘Go to your cars! Go to your cars! Someone is stabbing people!’”
Stevens told WPXI, the NBC affiliate in Pittsburgh, that the stabbing call went out to 911 at 7:13 a.m. Police responded and the situation was under control by 7:30 to 7:40, he said. The suspect is now in FBI custody.
The following notice was posted on the school district's website:
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.
Middle school and high school students will only be dismissed to parents. Parents should report to Heritage Elementary for reunification. All parents will need to sign out students before dismissal. As parents arrive at Heritage Elementary, staff members will escort middle school and high school students to the building for reunification. Any high school student who drove to school will not be permitted to drive home without a parent.
Staff members should work together and follow the directions of administrators and law enforcement to reunify students.