Teen suspect charged as adult in Pa. school stabbings

By Associated Press, WDEL Staff 11:19am, April 9, 2014 - Updated 12:44pm, April 10, 2014
16-year-old Alex Hribal has been charged with attempted murder as an adult following a stabbing spree at his western Pennsylvania High School. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Police have identified and charged a 16-year-old boy accused of stabbing and slashing 21 fellow students and a security guard at a Pennsylvania high school.

Authorities say Alex Hribal was being charged as an adult following the Wednesday morning attack in Murrysville, 15 miles east of Pittsburgh.

He appeared before Magisterial District Judge Charles Conway and was charged with four counts of attempted homicide and 21 counts of aggravated assault. He was shackled by his hands and feet and was dressed in a hospital gown.

The teenager's family lives in a two-story home with an attached garage in a nice subdivision of large, newer homes there. No one answered the door or phone calls.

The FBI was at the house Wednesday night.

Neighbors say the teenager is the younger of the family's two boys.

Students called 'heroes' in high school stabbing

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom 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..

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.

Counseling expert: Support network needed for students after mass-stabbing

A local counseling expert says administrators at the high school near Pittsburgh where Wednesday's mass stabbing occurred need to help students.

Dr. Doris Lauckner is the Chair of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Wilmington University and tells WDEL's Delaware Afternoon News the school can take some steps to help students cope with the traumatic event.

"(They can) work to help these students, the families and parents deal with the trauma and the effects of the trauma, creating a supportive network for each other to really express their feelings and process exactly what they're going through," Lauckner said.

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Despite the fact that a knife was used rather than a gun, Lauckner said the incident would be traumatic for any students present during the incident.

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