Pennsylvania · School Violence

Franklin Regional High School stabbing

April 9, 2014
Murrysville, Pennsylvania
A 16-year-old high school student dual-wielding kitchen knives goes on a stabbing spree at his high school, wounding 22 including himself

21 of the 22 stabbing victims were students between 14 and 17. The school’s assistant principal was able to subdue attacker Alex Hribal, and police secured the school within five minutes of the attack. Thankfully, though 4 received life-threatening injuries, none of the victims were killed. An additional 2 were injured indirectly as they fled the school.

During an investigation, a note dated April 6 was found in the attacker’s locker which read “I can’t wait to see the priceless and helpless looks on the faces of the students of one of the ‘best schools in Pennsylvania’ realize their precious lives are going to be taken by the only one among them that isn’t a plebian.” [sic]

In October of 2017, after one unsuccessful attempt to have the trial moved to juvenile court and another to plead guilty but mentally ill, Hribal pleaded guilty to 21 counts of aggravated assault and 21 counts of attempted murder. He claimed he was sorry for the attack and did not want the victims to have to testify against him thereby reliving the experience. He was sentenced to 23.5 to 60 years in prison on January 22, 2018.

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