Franklin Regional High School

A judge has approved moving a 16-year-old boy charged in a stabbing rampage at his high school to a Pittsburgh-area psychiatric hospital indefinitely.

Sixteen-year-old Alex Hribal, of Murrysville, has been held at a juvenile detention center in Westmoreland County since the April 9 attack. Prosecutors say he stabbed 20 fellow students and a security guard with kitchen knives at Franklin Regional High School.

Hribal's attorney contends the boy's mental condition is deteriorating.

Permitting School Officials to Carry Concealed Weapons

Sep 19, 2014
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State Senator Don White wants Pennsylvania school districts to be able to permit their staff to carry firearms in school buildings and on the grounds.

Supporters say his proposal would make schools safer but critics are arguing for more police. We talked with Senator White and Shira Goodman, Executive Director of Cease Fire Pennsylvania.

Here is what Essential Pittsburgh listeners on Twitter had to say about Senator White's decision to propose this legislation in response to the stabbings at Franklin Regional High School last spring.

Special series: This week we're exploring legislative action taken recently in Harrisburg on important bills that were overshadowed by the passage of the state budget.

New legislation to increase the number of schools with an on-site police presence now awaits Gov. Tom Corbett’s signature before becoming law.

A retired school police officer has been honored for handcuffing a 16-year-old charged with stabbing 20 fellow students and a security guard at a suburban Pittsburgh high school.

Fifty-nine-year-old William "Buzz" Yakshe is one of six national recipients of the Regional Exceptional Service Award given by the National Association of School Resources Officers.

Yakshe retired in May, after helping subdue Alex Hribal following the April 9 stabbing rampage at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville. Yakshe was a Murrysville police officer assigned to the school.

A 16-year-old charged with stabbing 20 fellow students and a security guard at his high school outside Pittsburgh has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

By waiving the hearing, which had been scheduled for Wednesday, Alex Hribal and his defense attorney acknowledge that Westmoreland County prosecutors have enough evidence for the case to proceed to trial.

The family of the only victim still hospitalized after last month's a mass stabbing at a Pittsburgh-area high school says the boy is making "great progress" and has even been watching Pittsburgh Penguins playoff games on television.

Fifteen-year-old Greg Keener was among 20 students and one security guard wounded April 9 at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville.

Franklin Regional Gives Students Clear Backpacks

May 5, 2014
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In the wake of the mass stabbing at Franklin Regional High school in which 21 students and 1 adult were injured, the school district has distributed clear backpacks to students to be used during the school day.

One week after more than 20 people were injured in a stabbing spree at Franklin Regional High School, students returned to the classroom.

On a chilly spring morning Wednesday, students held a prayer service before school on the football field. Outside of the school, on a road in front of a nearby church, a line of community members stood holding signs with messages such as “FR Strong” and “courage.”

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A few of the most critically wounded in last Wednesday’s stabbing incident at Franklin Regional High School remain hospitalized. As they continue to heal, students, faculty and staff will return to a normal schedule Wednesday.

The doors are reopening at the Murrysville high school where 21 students and a security guard were injured in a stabbing rampage five days ago.

Teachers will return to work Monday at Franklin Regional School District. Students will be able to visit the school with their families on Tuesday and classes will resume Wednesday, a week after the attack.

Authorities say 16-year-old Alex Hribal attacked his fellow students at the school with a pair of kitchen knives. He faces four counts of attempted homicide and 21 counts of aggravated assault.

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No evidence has surfaced yet to show that a boy charged in a stabbing rampage at his high school was targeting any particular student, and efforts to establish a motive are stalled because the suspect isn't talking and many victims remain hospitalized, a police chief said Friday.

"At this point I don't have anybody that, you know, was targeted," Chief Thomas Seefeld said. "I know the issue of bullying has been brought up but his attorney has even said ... that bullying is not part of this and we have no evidence or reason to believe that it is."

President Barack Obama has offered his sympathy and gratitude to the principal of a Pennsylvania school where a teenager stabbed 22 people.

The White House says Obama called Principal Ron Suvak of Franklin Regional High School on Thursday as the president flew home from a two-day trip to Texas.

White House spokesman Jay Carney says Obama offered his deepest sympathies to those affected. He says Obama talked about the heroism of students, teachers and staff whose actions saved lives.

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Wednesday’s stabbings at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville has left many asking what steps can be taken to prevent these acts of violence.

The Center for Victims thinks an important part of the equation to stop violence is men. 

That’s why the center kicked off its “Men Ending violeNce” (MEN) challenge, which encourages men to pledge to become proactive and speak out if they see violence.

Molly Allwein, Community Relations Coordinator, said men have a voice that women don’t.

Ways to Help Young People Cope with Traumatic Events

Apr 10, 2014
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In the wake of the violent attacks at Franklin Regional High School, students and staff at the school have begun the process of coping with the traumatic event.

For young people this can be a particularly difficult journey. The Center for Victims is a victim advocacy group which offers support for those affected by violence.

Diane Dahm is director of prevention education and outreach and Toya Jones is a trauma therapist with the center. They explained how important it is to maintain a child's sense of normalcy while still keeping alert to any possible signs of trauma

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UPDATE: (4:02 p.m.) Doctor: Wounds Not Trivial 

Many of the victims of Wednesday’s stabbing spree at Franklin Regional High School are doing well, according to doctors, though three remain in critical condition.
 
One stabbing victim remains in “very critical” condition at UPMC Presbyterian. Three others remain in the intensive care unit at Forbes Regional Hospital.

A 'Blank Expression,' Then Bloodshed At Franklin Regional High School

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Flailing away with two kitchen knives, a 16-year-old boy with a "blank expression" stabbed and slashed 21 students and a security guard in the crowded halls of his suburban Pittsburgh high school Wednesday before an assistant principal tackled him. 

The suspect, Alex Hribal, was taken into custody and treated for a minor hand wound, then was brought into court Wednesday in shackles and a hospital gown and charged with four counts of attempted homicide and 21 counts of aggravated assault. He was jailed without bail, and authorities said he would be prosecuted as an adult.

Thursday's Developments: Victim Undergoes Another Surgery; School May Reopen Monday

School Stabbing Suspect Was 'Nice Young Boy,' Attorney Says

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says a stabbing spree at a Pennsylvania high school is a tragedy and serves as a reminder that children and staff deserve to work and learn in a safe environment.

In a statement, Duncan said he is saddened and his thoughts go out to the victims at Franklin Regional High School.

He says when families send their children to school each day, they expect their children to return home safely.

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Multiple injuries were sustained at Franklin Regional High School this morning. 19 students and one adult security guard were stabbed and taken to area hospitals.

Condition reports of all 20 victims continue to change, at least 7 people are said to be in serious condition, all are expected to survive.

A 16 year old suspect is in custody, according to 90.5 WESA’s ongoing coverage of the incident

People turned to social media Wednesday to share their thoughts and concerns following a stabbing incident at Franklin Regional High School in Westmoreland County.

After 20 people were injured in a stabbing incident at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville Wednesday morning, neighboring school districts are on high alert.
 
Cara Zanella, director of communications for Gateway School District in Monroeville, said the district immediately offered school buses and other assistance to their neighbors and informed parents of the situation at Franklin Regional.
 

Officials say four students were believed to be the most seriously injured Wednesday morning by a fellow student who stabbed or slashed others at Forbes Regional Medical Center, 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.

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Stabbing Spree Leaves 22 Injured

Doctors say one of the students wounded in a stabbing attack this morning at Franklin Regional High School is on a ventilator, after a knife pierced his liver, missing his heart and aorta by just millimeters.

In all, at least five students were critically wounded and 17 other people were also hurt — including a school police officer who confronted the assailant. The suspect is identified as a 16-year-old student. He's now in custody.