These days school shootings are a dime a dozen, but you never hear much about mass school stabbings. Well, not anymore! Twenty-four people were reportedly injured at around 7:15 a.m. on Wednesday at a Pittsburgh-area high school during a knife attack.
A 16-year-old knife-wielding student ran through the school’s hallways, stabbing people indiscriminately with two ordinary kitchen knives until the school’s 60-year-old assistant principal tackled him to the ground.
The culprit, Alex Hribal, is accused of stabbing 21 students and a security guard on Wednesday morning. Two other students were injured in the aftermath of the attack at Franklin Regional High School – most likely trying to escape from the stabbing rampage. Luckily, no one died and as of today only one student remains in critical condition.
Alex Hribal is being held without bail in a juvenile detention center. Police announced Wednesday evening that they are charging the 16-year-old sophomore as an adult. He will face four counts of attempted homicide and 21 counts of aggravated assault.
The students, who describe Hribal as a “typical kid”, never saw it coming.
“I didn’t really know what was going on at the time,” one victim said. “It was all kind of a blur.”
“He was very quiet. He just was kind of doing it,” another witness said. “And he had this, like, look on his face that he was just crazy and he was just running around, just stabbing whoever was in his way.”
No motive for the attacker has been announced yet, but one victim summed it up like this:
“I feel he has some issues he has to work out.”
Yes, he probably does.