PA: Students Have Been Stabbed at High School, 20 Injured

On Wednesday morning a teenage boy armed with two kitchen knives went on a rampage at his high school (Franklin Regional High School) in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, injuring 19 students and a security guard, according to the media.

The suspected attacker, a 16 years old student, was taken into custody.

Emergency management officials said, that the attacks took place in several classrooms and hallways. An attacker began stabbing students in a crowded hallway and then went from classroom to classroom.

Seven teenagers and one adult were admitted at the Forbes Regional Hospital, the hospital’s director of trauma, Chris Kauffman, told Reuters’s reporters.

12 were treated at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, with two in critical condition and another two in serious condition. The wounded, some with serious stab wounds to the torso, were as young as 14.

Authorities tried to piece together a possible motive behind the attack, investigators are looking into reports of a threatening phone call between the suspect and another student the night before. Officials have credited an assistant principal at the school with subduing the suspect, according to the media.

“A critical incident has occurred at the high school,” school officials wrote in a bulletin. “All elementary schools are cancelled, the middle school and high school students are secure.” said.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured and all of those affected by this awful tragedy,” Gennaro Piraino, superintendent of the Franklin Regional school district, he said. “I pray and we pray every day that this doesn’t happen.”

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