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At Least 20 Injured in Pennsylvania School Stabbing

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A 10th grader is in custody, accused of going on a stabbing rampage at a high school near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The incident left close to two dozen people, mostly students, injured.. Several seriously.

It's a place where parents expect their children to be safe, but yet again a student has gone a brutal and violent attack inside a school.  The morning calm at Franklin Regional High School outside Pittsburgh erupted into violence around 7:15 Wednesday morning just as students were arriving for class. 
 
A student wielding two large knives, went on a rampage stabbing several students.
  
"Upon arrival what I saw were multiple victims in the grass area on the exterior of the school," Thomas Seefeld, Murrysville Chief of Police said. "Further checking the first floor hallway revealed multiple victims." 
 
Before it was over, 19 students and one adult were injured, many critically with what doctors describe as deep penetrating wounds. Panicked parents rushed to the scene searching for news of their children. 
 
The attack, which happened over the course of some 20 minutes, spread across several rooms and hallways. A quick thinking student is being praised for pulling a fire alarm to warn others.  
 
"The fire alarm went off, I was walking towards the exit and there was blood all over the floor," student Zakery Amsler explains.
 
"It just kind of hits you. You don't think it's going to happen until it happens to you.  It was rough," Senior Josiah Wages said. 
 
The suspect was eventually confronted and restrained by the principal.  Student Ian Griffith told reporters about the moments the suspect was stopped.
 
"Mr. King immobilized him, pinned him down, I jumped on top of him as well and just held down his wrist and arms and tried to keep the arms stationary."
  
Gennara Piraino is the Superintendent at Franklin School District. He said, "Today our school community experienced a terrible tragedy the actions and response of our staff and students and local law enforcement officers saved many lives."  
 
The suspect is a 16-year-old 10th grader who is now in custody as investigators try to determine a motive.  Doctors say it appears that all of the victims will survive.  Now, authorities are trying to figure out why this happened and if they might have missed any warning signs.   

ORIGINAL STORY

Authorities say several students were stabbed Wednesday morning at western Pennsylvania's Franklin Regional High School.  Westmoreland County emergency management spokesman Dan Stevens said one person is in custody.

An official says at least 20 students were injured.

Of those hurt, seven teens and one adult are being treated at Forbes Regional Hospital, Dr. Chris Kaufmann said. He said the injuries were "quite serious" and that "some are clearly life threatening."

The teens had stab wounds to their torsos, abdomen, chest and back areas, he said.

Franklin Regional High School is located in Murrysville, Westmoreland County.

According to the school district's website, "A critical incident has occurred at the high school. All elementary schools are canceled, the middle school and high school students are secure. Additional information will be released as soon as possible. Please keep our campus clear of traffic."

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