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1 in custody after Pennsylvania school stabbings

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - An official says four students were believed to be seriously injured at a high school near Pittsburgh, where a student with a knife stabbed or slashed others, injuring as many as 20.

Westmoreland County emergency management spokesman Dan Stevens says not all of the 20 injured were cut by the knife, though most were. Some suffered scrapes and cuts in the mayhem that ensued at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville on Wednesday morning.

Stevens says it doesn't appear any students suffered life-threatening injuries. He says all the injured are between 14 and 17 years old.

The suspect, a male student, was taken into custody and being questioned.

Stevens says the suspect used a knife, though he didn't say what kind or why he attacked the others.

Stabbing At Pennsylvania High School

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

Several people were stabbed Wednesday morning at a high school near Pittsburgh, and a suspect was taken into custody, an emergency official said.

Dan Stevens, the spokesman for Westmoreland County emergency management, said five or six people were reported stabbed at about 7:20 a.m. at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, about 15 miles east of Pittsburgh.

It wasn't immediately clear if the suspect and the victims are students, adults or a mix of both. It doesn't appear that any of the victims suffered life-threatening injuries, Stevens said, though several helicopters were seen flying people from the scene to area hospitals.

School officials and Murrysville police didn't immediately return calls seeking further details, but the school issued a bulletin on its website saying: "A critical incident has occurred at the high school. All elementary schools are canceled, the middle school and high school students are secure."

The district serves about 3,600 students who live in the bedroom communities of Murrysville, Export and Delmont. The elementary and middle schools are part of the same campus.

The high school was on lockdown, and students were being kept there as a precaution as school and law enforcement officials double-checked the premises. School officials were making arrangements to bus the middle school students home.

District Attorney John Peck said he was monitoring the situation. Detectives from his office were also investigating, though Peck said he had no information beyond that being reported by Pittsburgh television news stations.

Mass Stabbing Injures 20 At Pa. High School

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waltervlod April 09 2014 at 10:27 AM

All guns, knives, screwdrivers, hammers, hatchets, axes, pruning shears, pipe wrenches, saws(elecric and manual), toothpicks, razor blades, 2x4 lumber, metal nail files, wooden stakes,silver bullets, open end metal coat-hangers, glass bottles or any other glass product other than in a circular fashion and, oh yeah, let's not forget the dangerous sex toys.

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vcambri01 April 09 2014 at 10:33 AM

If this boy had a gun there would be 20 funerals. Guns don't kill people. They were designed to make the killer more efficient.

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cortez.gates April 09 2014 at 10:34 AM

Kid's today can't seperate reality from entertainment,how much do you want to bet that this was a combination of TELEVISION,MOOD ALTERING DRUG& lack of common sense!they need a REALITY CHECK

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bowdown cortez.gates April 09 2014 at 10:39 AM

I'm leaning more towards SSRI drugs.

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shindogdiggity88 April 09 2014 at 10:34 AM

Those who are sarcastically calling for "knife control" laws should be informed that tons of knife laws are already on the books, such as restrictions on blade (and overall) length, and opening mechanism.

Certain "assault knives" such as switchblades, bayonets, and balisong (butterfly) knives are not legal to be carried in public.

Also, all knives are banned in certain "no weapon zones" such as schools, hospitals, courthouses, etc.

Of course knife laws vary from state to state, but these rules generally apply to most states.

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bowdown shindogdiggity88 April 09 2014 at 10:39 AM

How does that no weapon zone seem to be working?

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shindogdiggity88 bowdown April 09 2014 at 10:44 AM

It sucks.

I would really like to carry my seal pup, but my state doesn't allow the carry of "bowie knives", therefore, it's a no go.

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seabasskj shindogdiggity88 April 09 2014 at 10:40 AM

In Britain, there was a push by doctors to start banning long kitchen knives because of the number of people entering the hospitals after having been stabbed by them.

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PEACEMAKER April 09 2014 at 11:37 AM

You know that old song; "What the world needs now is love, sweet love, That's the kind of thing that this world has too little of" This is so true and more so now. The Bible speaks of this, "in the last days the love of many will wax cold". It seems that is exactly what is happening.

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bootsnchaps60 April 09 2014 at 10:35 AM

Tragic. Hopefully "the "media" including Fox will cover this as a news story ONLY and not get into the backstory, interviewing busloads of people, etc. For whatever reason a student has once again chosen to problem solve with a weapon. He committed a crime and the frest of the story should play out in the courts. These incidents continue to occur as the perps know they'll get 15 minutes of fame that they otherwise would not be able to earn.

I'm more concerned about how young folks were taught to solve problems with weapons. If this was related to bullying, why did the school allow it to occur?

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SummitBay bootsnchaps60 April 09 2014 at 10:39 AM

Any idea where he would get an idea to "problem solve" with a weapon? Video games maybe or violent movies he watches all the time ? his brain is saturated with revenge killing.

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Rich SummitBay April 09 2014 at 10:46 AM

How about the endless stories in the media?

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thersawyer April 09 2014 at 10:36 AM

Why is everything political? And as far as teachers' unions being blamed...read up on how many teachers have stepped between guns and children to protect kids. Unions are made up of
the teachers who want to protect kids.

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Marilyn&Richard thersawyer April 09 2014 at 10:43 AM

Because people love to hate.

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wmchatton thersawyer April 09 2014 at 10:46 AM

One teacher with a gun could have stopped this.

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Your Excellency April 09 2014 at 11:37 AM

What motivates a student to do something like this? Why have our youth lost their way?

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runningstar2 Your Excellency April 09 2014 at 11:46 AM

The youth loss there way because most parents would rather give them money to get out ofthere hair because they dont want to to bothered by them. What happened to family values The Lord says family are very important and should spend all the extra time teaching there children good values which is being done anymore that is why the world is in such a mess

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donbroomall5 April 09 2014 at 10:38 AM

Hope all are ok now GOD BLESS THEM! no idea why he did this, no teacher saw signs this was going to happen, none of the students knew any thing ??

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SummitBay donbroomall5 April 09 2014 at 10:42 AM

Nobody notices anything any more... their heads are glued to their smartphones while life goes by.

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Franco donbroomall5 April 09 2014 at 10:55 AM

I assume they did.

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crow1200 April 09 2014 at 10:32 AM

Great.... I'll need to show I.D. to buy dinnerware now

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up.yours crow1200 April 09 2014 at 10:35 AM

Don't forget the background check...

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up.yours up.yours April 09 2014 at 10:38 AM

Three day waiting period to buy a teaspoon, seven days for a dinner fork, and two weeks for a table knife...

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bowdown up.yours April 09 2014 at 10:44 AM

We will all have to fill out 4473's and ask NICS to own knives lol.

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SummitBay crow1200 April 09 2014 at 10:35 AM

not for plastic forks and knives but maybe that's all you get to use from Mcdonalds

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