A 16 year old student armed with two knives went on a stabbing spree in his Pennsylvania high school, injuring 20 people before being tackled by a police officer and the assistant principal.
The stabbings took place early in the school morning and response was almost immediate. One victim, a security guard, was stabbed in the stomach. All victims are expected to survive, but four were flown to area hospitals to be treated for serious injuries.
Franklin Regional High School, roughly 15 minutes from Pittsburgh, is now a bloody crime scene that will be closed until further notice. The suspect in the stabbings has been taken into custody with a minor hand wound. There is currently no known motive -- most students described the alleged attacker as "a pretty normal kid."
One student who saw what was going on pulled the fire alarm, which helped alert others and get them out of the building.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett released the following statement: "As a parent and grandparent, I can think of nothing more distressing than senseless violence against children. My heart and prayers go out to all the victims and their families," Corbett said. "I have directed the Pennsylvania State Police to assist local law enforcement in its investigation in any way possible. Other state resources will be made available to the community, if needed. I assure the citizens of Murrysville that they have the full support of my administration."
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