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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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thadalberty April 09 2014 at 10:26 AM

This is just proof that people who really want to kill people will find a way.

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Mike Ross April 09 2014 at 11:06 AM

Someone has been watching "The Following"

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scorpions5 Mike Ross April 09 2014 at 11:08 AM

I thought the same thing.

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Dmoongo Mike Ross April 09 2014 at 11:10 AM

That was the first thing that came to my mind, also.

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toyna April 09 2014 at 11:43 AM

Nothing new here just another lunatic that sought out to harm other people kids!

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mafazyt toyna April 09 2014 at 11:54 AM

Just another aggressive, warped male. It is almost always males. When are we going to debate the warped psyche of males?

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x15f19 mafazyt April 09 2014 at 10:58 PM

So what are you? A Black c__k-hating militant lesbian? If there weren't males, YOU wouldn't exist. Ponder that.

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x15f19 mafazyt April 09 2014 at 11:02 PM

Also, if a white male wrote this crap you're writing , but about black females instead, how far up a "that's a sexist, racist bigot" tree would you climb? Honey you're a complete loser. Living on government assistance are you? That money largely comes from the taxes paid by white males.

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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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weeeally April 09 2014 at 11:43 AM

Hmmmmmmmmmm, usual suspect....

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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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robt52819759 April 09 2014 at 11:29 AM

Every school should be as safe as the schools where the politicians kids attend. Why not? Oh, yeah, I guess our kids, "ain't no senator's son".

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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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bryanmerrittper2 April 09 2014 at 11:43 AM

What is this world coming to ? People go to school to learn but with all this senseless violence it would make me want to stay at home. When I was a kid this stuff was unheard of now it seems to happen all the time. Sure we had an occasional fight now and then but it was settled with our fists not with our guns and knives and often the guys who fought each other became the best of friends afterwords... Something has changed in the last 50 or 60 years and it ain't good.

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