The attacker in this sad incident has been identified…does he look crazy to you??
According to NY Times:
As classes began at a high school in suburban Pittsburgh on Wednesday morning, a 16-year-old student walked through the hallway stabbing and slashing students with two large knives, the authorities said. By the time the student was tackled by an assistant principal, he had stabbed 20 students and a security guard and sent students running from the school, officials said. At least four of the students had serious wounds to the abdomen and torso but were expected to survive. The suspect, Alex Hribal, was treated for cuts to his hand at a hospital before he was taken into custody. He was charged on Wednesday with four counts of attempted homicide, 21 counts of aggravated assault and one count of possessing a prohibited weapon on school property, according to The Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
The attack at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pa., a suburb about 20 miles east of Pittsburgh, began shortly after 7 a.m., officials said. The teenager stabbed students with two knives that were 8 to 10 inches long, the police said. On Wednesday evening, at least four victims remained in critical condition, hospital officials said. One of the most seriously injured was a 17-year-old male student who was stabbed in the torso, just barely missing his heart, doctors at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center said at a news conference. Doctors said they were hopeful that the student, who was on life support, would survive. The hospital system said it had three other patients in fair and good condition.
Three other patients were in critical condition at Forbes Hospital in Pittsburgh, the trauma center closest to the high school. The three male students had abdominal wounds and were being treated in the intensive care unit, the hospital said. Three other teenagers at the hospital were in fair condition. Chief Seefeld said investigators were looking into reports of a threatening phone call between the 16-year-old and another student the night before.
The high school will be closed for several days, said Gennaro Piraino, superintendent of Franklin Regional School District. The district will provide counseling for students.
Apparently “all the students” loved this guy and he wasn’t a “loner”…
It would seem no one saw it coming — not his parents, not students at his school. Described by his lawyer as “a typical young kid” who has “never been in trouble,” 16-year-old Alex Hribal shocked the people in his life and the nation Wednesday when he allegedly went on a rampage at his high school in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, stabbing or slashing 20 students and a security officer.
No one knows yet what might have motivated the attack. But pieces of Hribal’s story are starting to come together, so far painting a portrait of a teenage boy no one ever expected to show such violence. “He’s a typical young kid. He’s a B+ student. The family is like Ozzie and Harriet. They have dinner together every night,” said his attorney, Patrick Thomassey. “All the students liked him. He wasn’t a loner. He worked well in groups, and this happened. So there’s a reason for it — that’s what I’m saying. And we have to get to the bottom of that,” the attorney said.
Hribal, who was arraigned as an adult, faces four counts of attempted homicide, 21 counts of aggravated assault and one count of possession of a weapon on school grounds. His attorney said he would file a motion to move the case to juvenile court. He also said it would be important to have his client examined by a psychiatrist to help determine “where he is mentally.” According to Dan Stevens, the county deputy emergency management coordinator, Hribal had a very minor Facebook presence and didn’t have much experience on Twitter. He is not believed to have had a cell phone.
Adding to the mystery, Thomassey said his client “was not a troubled young man to this point.”
“They (his parents) offer their condolences to everybody involved in this case. They’re very upset. They did not foresee this coming at all,” the attorney said. “This is a nice young man. He’s never been in trouble.”
SMH. Luckily no one lost their life, but what would trigger this type of behavior??? Something is in the water these days.