EXPORT, Pa. (April 9, 2014) A 16-year-old boy accused of stabbing and slashing 21 students and a police officer at a suburban Pittsburgh high school appeared before a judge Wednesday afternoon.
Authorities originally said the total number of injured was 20, but raised it to 22 early Wednesday evening.
The boy’s name has not been released.
The teen was shackled by his hands and feet and was dressed in a hospital gown when he appeared Wednesday afternoon before Magisterial District Judge Charles Conway.
Witnesses say the boy tackled a freshman and stabbed him in the belly on Wednesday morning and then got up and ran wildly down a hall, slashing other students.
They say he had a blank expression on his face before an assistant principal tackled him.
One of the wounded students was on a ventilator Wednesday afternoon after a knife pierced his liver, missing his heart and aorta by just millimeters, doctors said.
In all, at least five students were critically wounded and 15 others were also hurt including a school police officer who confronted the teen.
A witness says he had a "blank expression" on his face as he flailed away with two knives in the hallway just before the start of classes this morning at Franklin Regional High School, 15 miles east of Pittsburgh. Police say the motive is under investigation.
Doctors say they expect all the victims to survive, despite large and deep puncture wounds to the abdomen in some cases.
The wounded campus police officer has been treated and was released.
Murrysville police Chief Thomas Seefeld said the bloody crime scene the school is "vast" and may take a couple of days to process.