Prosecutor: Student Used Kitchen Knives In School Attack

PITTSBURGH (April 10, 2014) The 16-year-old high school sophomore charged in an attack in which 21 other students and a security officer were stabbed at his Pittsburgh-area school used two "ordinary kitchen knives,” Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck said.

Peck called the weapons "common items you'd find in a kitchen," but he stopped short of saying that the teenager, Alex Hribal, took them from his own home.

Peck said he doubts anyone other than Hribal will be held criminally responsible for taking the knives to Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pa., on Wednesday.

The knives weren't designed to be weapons and didn't need to be stored in any particular way under the law, he said.

Hribal was held without bond Thursday in a juvenile detention center, although he's charged as an adult with attempted homicide and aggravated assault.

One of the students injured in the stabbing underwent surgery again overnight and was in "very critical" condition Thursday.

His name hasn’t been released, but doctors at UPMC Presbyterian hospital said he’s a 17-year-old Franklin Regional High School student.

He has a stab wound from a large knife that pierced his liver and missed his heart and aorta by millimeters, doctors said.

The student is one of at least five in critical condition.


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