UPDATE: 16-Year-Old Charged with Stabbing Classmates in Pittsburgh

By: Olivia Fecteau; The Associated Press Email
By: Olivia Fecteau; The Associated Press Email
Authorities say 16-year-old Alex Hribal was being charged as an adult following the Wednesday morning attack in Murrysville, 15 miles east of Pittsburgh.

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A Look at Local School Districts' Safety Plans

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Following Wednesday morning’s stabbing incident at a high school near Pittsburgh, WSAZ.com took an in-depth look at school districts in West Virginia to find out what plans are in place if a similar situation were to unfold.

School leaders in Cabell County say in almost every case, a threat of violence or weapon comes from a student who attends the school rather than an intruder. They tell WSAZ.com handling these situations is about being proactive instead of just reactive when it comes to safety.

“It always goes through your head – here we go again,” Todd Alexander, assistant superintendent of Cabell County Schools, said. “No matter what type of rules you have in place, you can never be too safe.”

In Cabell County and throughout West Virginia, that begins with standard rules – no knives, guns or other weapons on school property. Students who break this rule can be expelled for 365 days. But school leaders say they know that alone may not stop everyone. Instead, the focus turns to prevention and dealing with mental health issues and bullying that can lead to violence.

“We want to let them know we're here to help them and we're going to do everything in our power to help them,” Laura Thackston, a guidance counselor at Huntington Middle School, said.

Students at several schools in Cabell County are stepping up to police their peers and watch for bullying through a program called Respect and Protect.

“In a situation where you see someone getting bullied, hopefully you can stand up for them no matter who they are,” Rachel Morgan, a seventh-grader, said.

School administrators say they place teachers and staff in the hallways to keep an eye on students, but they also rely on surveillance cameras in their buildings and on students reporting incidents or bullying situations to adults.

“Kids look out for each other and report it to adults when things are going on with kids who might not speak up for themselves,” Alexander said.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest on this story.

 

UPDATE 4/9/14 @ 7:45 p.m.
EXPORT, Pa. (AP) -- Police have identified and charged a 16-year-old boy accused of stabbing and slashing 21 fellow students and a security guard at a Pennsylvania high school.

Authorities say Alex Hribal was being charged as an adult following the Wednesday morning attack in Murrysville, 15 miles east of Pittsburgh. He appeared before Magisterial District Judge Charles Conway and was charged with four counts of attempted homicide and 21 counts of aggravated assault. He was shackled by his hands and feet and was dressed in a hospital gown.

The teenager's family lives in a two-story home with an attached garage in a nice subdivision of large, newer homes there. No one answered the door or phone calls.

The FBI was at the house Wednesday night.

Neighbors say the teenager is the younger of the family's two boys.



UPDATE 4/9/14 @ 5:38 p.m.
EXPORT, Pa. (AP) -- A 16-year-old boy accused of stabbing and slashing 19 students and a police officer at a suburban Pittsburgh high school is appearing before a judge.

Authorities haven't identified the boy. But he appeared before Magisterial District Judge Charles Conway on Wednesday afternoon in Export, about 5 miles from the Murrysville high school. Charges are expected to be filed soon.

The boy was shackled by his hands and feet and was dressed in a hospital gown.

Witnesses say the boy tackled a freshman and stabbed him in the belly on Wednesday morning and then got up and ran wildly down a hall, slashing other students. They say he had a blank expression on his face before an assistant principal tackled him.



UPDATE 4/9/14 @ 2 p.m.
MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A police chief says a 16-year-old boy "was flashing two knives around" when he injured 19 students and a school police officer who eventually subdued him with the help of an assistant principal at a high school near Pittsburgh.

Murrysville police Chief Thomas Seefeld says the bloody crime scene left behind Wednesday at Franklin Regional High School is "vast" and may take a couple of days to process.

Police haven't named the suspect who was taken into custody but says he's being treated for a minor hand wound.

Investigators haven't determined a motive but say they're looking into reports of a threatening phone call between the suspect and another student the night before.

At least two of the victims were in critical condition, though doctors expect all victims to survive.



UPDATE 4/9/14 @ 10 a.m.
MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A doctor says some victims of a multiple stabbing at a high school near Pittsburgh have suffered injuries classified as life-threatening, though all are expected to survive.

Dr. Chris Kaufman says two victims were in the operating room and one was awaiting surgery at Forbes Regional Medical Center, a few miles from Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville.

Officials say four students were believed to be the most seriously injured Wednesday morning by a fellow student who stabbed or slashed others, injuring as many as 20.

Westmoreland County emergency management spokesman Dan Stevens says not all of the 20 injured were cut by the knife, though most were. Some suffered scrapes and cuts in the mayhem that ensued.

The suspect, a male student, was taken into custody and being questioned.



ORIGINAL STORY 4/9/14 @ 9:35 a.m.
MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - An official says four students were believed to be seriously injured at a high school near Pittsburgh, where a student with a knife stabbed or slashed others, injuring as many as 20.

Westmoreland County emergency management spokesman Dan Stevens says not all of the 20 injured were cut by the knife, though most were.

Some suffered scrapes and cuts in the mayhem that ensued at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville on Wednesday morning.

Stevens says it doesn't appear any students suffered life-threatening injuries. He says all the injured are between 14 and 17 years old.

The suspect, a male student, was taken into custody and being questioned.

Stevens says the suspect used a knife, though he didn't say what kind or why he attacked the others.

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