At least 20 people have been injured Wednesday in a stabbing at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.
An unidentified student entered the school shortly before the start of the school day and began stabbing students. The stabbings happened in numerous classes throughout the building before classes had begun. Law enforcement officials credited someone for pulling a fire alarm that helped with the school’s evacuation.
Police said the suspect entered the school wielding two knives before the first class of the day was scheduled to begin. The suspect was subdued by a school police officer and an assistant principal.
Nineteen students and one adult were hurt in the attack, Murrysville Chief of Police Thomas Seefeld said in a press conference.
Of the nineteen students injured, four suffered serious wounds, but all were expected to survive, hospital officials said. An injured school officer was discharged.
Police say the 16-year-old male student suspect is in custody and is a sophomore at the high school.
Police Chief Thomas Seefeld said the suspect was subdued by the school resource officer, who is also a member of the town’s police department and an assistant principal.
Law enforcement officials searched the school for any other possible threats, despite having a suspect detained.
Seefeld also said police were looking into reports of a threatening phone call Tuesday between the suspect and another student. However, no motive has been determined.
The school district website stated a “critical incident” occurred at the school.
“All elementary classes are canceled, the middle school and high school students are secure,” the message stated. “Additional information will be release as soon as possible. Please keep our campus clear of traffic.”
Parents are instructed to pick up their children at Heritage Elementary school, Murrysville police announced. The high school will be closed over the next several days.
Murrysville is located about 15 miles from Pittsburgh and has a population of more than 20,000.
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