According to initial accounts, at least eight people are hospitalized with serious injuries after a sophomore student entered Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pa. and began slashing and stabbing students.
The male student, described in early reports as “really shy,” allegedly entered the school with two knives and injured 19 students before he was apprehended.
Murrysville Police Chief Thomas Seefeld indicated the school’s security guard and assistant principal subdued and handcuffed the 16-year-old.
Sophomore Mia Meixner described the incident, explaining she heard a commotion near the cafeteria and saw the suspect stabbing students before he “just got up and ran away really fast.”
In the aftermath, she explained, a “freshman stood up, lifted his shirt and he was gushing blood.”
A “senior girl,” she added, “was gushing blood down her arm.”
The suspect, whose name is being withheld at this time, “always kept to himself,” Meixner explained. “He wasn’t mean or anything; he just wasn’t outgoing.”
Junior Nicole Damico said she thought two students were involved in a typical school fight until she realized one was holding a knife.
“One of my peers had blood everywhere and he asked me for help,” she recalled. “I just froze and ran out of the school. After that there was chaos.”
This tragic event will not only leave physical scars on numerous victims; it will also emotionally scar an entire community. Unfortunately, as much as activists attempt to strip guns from the hands of law-abiding citizens in an effort to curtail school violence, this attack proves individuals bent on destruction will always find a way to carry out their devastating acts.
–B. Christopher Agee
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