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16-year-old charged with attempted murder in school stabbing spree

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (WKRC) -- Two people are fighting for their life Wednesday night after a student goes on a stabbing spree through a Pennsylvania high school.
Authorities say 16-year-old Alex Hribal used two kitchen knives to slash and stab 21 students and a security officer at a high school in Murrysville outside Pittsburgh.  He was stopped when an assistant principal tackled him.  Witnesses say it was a bloody, chaotic scene.

Kara Ingersol, a student at Franklin High School, said, "Everyone started screaming run and then you heard someone yell he has a knife."

Another student, Hope Demont, said, "There was a kid laying down, holding his side and there was a teacher laying on top of him screaming, 'Help!'"

Students also say that Hribal is quiet kid who kept to himself.  A sentiment his defense attorney agrees with.

"He's scared. He's a young kid, I mean, he's 16, looks like he's 12.  I mean he's a very young kid, he's never been in trouble. So this is all new to him," defense attorney Patrick Thomassey said.

Police are looking into a threatening phone call between Hribal and another student Tuesday night.  Hribal faces four counts of attempted homicide and 21 counts of aggravated assault. 

Franklin High School will be closed for the next several days.

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