After stabbing 19 kids and one adult inside Franklin Regional High School, suspect Alex Hribal was reportedly charged on April 9 with four counts of attempted homicide, 21 counts of aggravated assault, and one count of carrying a weapon on school property.
Alex Hribal, 16, was charged as an adult, after entering Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pennsylvania with two knives and began stabbing anyone in the hallway, WPIX reported. Three students are in critical condition while four are in serious condition. Meanwhile, students are speaking out about what they saw, and how horrifying it was.
Alex Hribal Charged As Adult
Alex’s charges were first reported by WPIX’s Twitter account. During a press conference, Police Chief Tom Seefeld stated that the student had two knives 8″-10″ long and that his stabbing spree took only five minutes. The motive is not yet known.
While he is only 16, he will be charged as an adult. In 1996, the laws of who could be charged as an adult changed, according to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS).
Prior, only those charged with murder were excluded from the juvenile’s court jurisdiction in the state of Penn. However, in ’96, individuals who met the following three conditions could be charged:
-“Youth who were 15 years of age or older at the time of their alleged conduct.”
-“Youth who were charged with any of a list of violent crimes (i.e., rape; involuntary deviate sexual intercourse; aggravated assault; robbery; robbery of a motor vehicle; aggravated indecent assault; kidnaping; voluntary manslaughter; or an attempt, conspiracy, or solicitation to commit murder or any of the crimes listed).”
-“Youth who allegedly committed the offense with a deadly weapon or were adjudicated previously for one of the excluded offenses.”
Franklin Regional High School Shooting: Students React
Students have been explaining what they saw and how scared they were on Twitter.
“I saw his face, the look in his eyes, I was horrified,” sophomore Trinity McCool told USA Today, before explaining that another student, Nate Scimio blocked the knife from hitting her and her friend when he held out his hand. “
(Nate) took the stab right in his arm and saved my friend and me. I’m pretty sure it was his instinct. He didn’t want anyone to get hurt. He told everybody to run away,” she explained, adding that he then pulled the fire alarm so that students would be able to get out.
He was sent to the hospital to treat his arm wound and tweeted a photo showing he was alright. Below are more tweets from students who experienced the terrifying event:
Remember to keep the rest of the Hribal family in your prayers as they deal with this horrific situation. They didn’t ask for this to happen — Kyra Heberle (@KyraJH) April 9, 2014
Our school is just full of heros — Shane Molyneaux (@Shane_Molyneaux) April 9, 2014
Got chills seeing the face of one of my own classmates being taken away in that police car.. No words — Cara Markowitz (@carabuu_) April 9, 2014
I can’t comprehend that this is really happening to us — Taylor Franco (@TaylorrFranco) April 9, 2014
i cannot describe the feeling of going home and hugging my family — Kay Hurey (@50ShadesOFkayy_) April 9, 2014
— Emily Longeretta