WASHINGTON, April 9, 2017 – Twenty persons have been attacked at Franklin Regional High School, in Murrysville, Pa about 50 miles east of Pittsburgh. Twenty students have been taken to hospitals, four flown in critical condition but all in serious condition with stab and slashing wounds to the back, chest, abdomen and other body areas.
One suspect, a male, sophomore student, is in custody.
The attack began just after students arrived around 7:00am ET. The alleged suspect used a knife to inflict stabbing and slashing wounds. Eight persons were taken to local Forbes Regional Hospital, the rest flown to other hospitals.
All persons, though some are critically wounded, are expected to recover.
Two persons have been rushed into emergency surgery at Forbes. Chris Kaufmann, trauma medical director at Forbes has confirmed that two patients went immediately to the operating room. Seven persons are listed as having critical wounds. At chief concern is bleeding and dangerously low blood pressure due to that bleeding.
There are questions being asked about a fire alarm bell that rang just as the stabbings began. Thoughts are that a quick thinking student rang the bell to warn other students and staff to leave the building.
There was a resource officer on the premises when the attack happened. Ken Trump, President national School Safety and Security Services, said that his role was to contain the emergency and to ensure that first responders are called.
The school district posted an emergency message on its website on Wednesday. ”
A critical incident has occurred at the high school,” the message said. “All elementary schools are canceled, the middle school and high school students are secure.”
The assault appears to be the first major knife attack in the United States. However, in China, knife-wielding assailants killed 33 at a train station in March and injured 130 others.