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Updates on school stabbing near Pittsburgh

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 9, 2014 2:50 PM
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(Murrysville) -- Governor Corbett says there were a number of ``heroes'' who helped prevent further injury or loss of life during the high school hallway stabbing and slashing rampage and ``many of them are students.''

Murrysville Police Chief Thomas P. Seefeld says the first emergency call came in at 7:13 a.m. Wednesday and officers found a hallway ``pretty much in chaos.'' He says there was lots of blood.

A 16-year-old boy accused of the knife rampage is appearing before a judge. He's expected to be charged as an adult.

Seefeld estimates the teenager was taken into custody within 5 minutes after the first emergency call. He says the crime scene is in one wing of the Murrysville high school, over a couple of hundred feet. He says the two weapons used were straight knives about 8 to 10 inches long.

Earlier versions of this story are below: 

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 this 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 this 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.

 

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 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.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama sent their thoughts and prayers to the victims of a stabbing spree at Franklin Regional, according to White House spokesman Jay Carney.

Obama is in Texas for a memorial service for last week's shooting at Fort Hood. Carney said on the way to Texas that Obama was briefed by his staff about the Pennsylvania school attacks.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says a stabbing spree 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.

Duncan said the government will seek to assist and support students, school staff and the local community.

The initial version of this story is below: 

Several people were stabbed at a high school near Pittsburgh and a suspect has been taken into custody.

Dan Stevens, the spokesman for Westmoreland County emergency management, says five or six people were reported stabbed this morning at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville. That's about 15 miles east of Pittsburgh.

It wasn't immediately clear if the suspect and the victims are students, adults or a mix of both. But Stevens says it doesn't appear any of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries.

School officials and Murrysville police didn't immediately return calls seeking further details.

Parents have been notified and may pick up their children at the school.

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