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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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pruettee April 09 2014 at 11:39 AM

Well, so much for all those Karate and self defense tactics the parents have been paying for so the child could get a brown, orange, white or black belt. I thought those trained in the martial arts were supposed to use these skills for defense against an attacker. Money wasted. Has anyone ever heard of having some security around who is armed with a hand gun?. I know this was a sudden and unexected attack, but what about using a book, your belt with a big belt buckle, even just run like hell. I am sorry this is hapening. I wish I had the answers to stop these attacks at schools. I don't. I just wonder if any of these students had ever had any self defense training or perhaps training in martial arts. If so, apparently it did no good.

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Shalom, Carmela pruettee April 09 2014 at 1:43 PM

I did wonder the same thing, how 20 students were stabed not slashed in the arms , torso etc. but CNN reported that fire alarm was pulled so I am wondering if he used that to draw everyone into the area and it would enable him to get so close and stab so many students.
wondering if the size of the knife he was wielding was reason no students tackled him...............

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Linda April 09 2014 at 11:47 AM

A suspect is now in custody......Gee.... was he the one with the knife??? Are you asking him...Where were you this morning about 7:20 am?? Did you bring a knife to school?? For the sake of all the innocents who have been hurt, I sure hope this so called "suspect" gets some prison time. What has happened to ZERO TOLERANCE! No knives, No guns, No weapons in school...Period!!!!!!!!!! My heart goes out to all those who have been hurt and their families.

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rcmont2213 April 09 2014 at 10:55 AM

Not sure if any of you are watching "The Following" right now, but I would say someone is copying the show. Sounds off the wall I know, but during the show right now the "followers" just start randomly stabbing and killing people....this is something right out of the show

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cbergquist2 rcmont2213 April 09 2014 at 11:02 AM

I get what you're saying and I love the show by the way but come on...don't tie a TV show to some idiots deranged thoughts and actions. That's called scapegoating...like Hitler did to the Jews. What it comes down to is we are a planet with more ignorant, good for nothing people, than smart, law abiding citizens these days. Kids are absolutely pathetic and misguided by the joke of a school system we have in America and by good for nothing parents who don't take the time to spend with their kids.

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dollie April 09 2014 at 11:33 AM

RESPECT needs to be taught in school, you fail it once - you go home to mommy and daddy till you ace the test.

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Mary K. dollie April 09 2014 at 11:37 AM

Respect needs to be taught at home, that is part of our problem. By the time they get to school, it is too late.

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cjesmom3 April 09 2014 at 10:30 AM

Too early to tell what is the trigger on this one.

No doubt we need to hear from mental healthcare professionals how to recognize the red flags that were surely missed along the way.

The teachers union needs to work with parents be front and center or there will be a nation of homeschooled kids.

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d1anaw cjesmom3 April 09 2014 at 10:32 AM

The union? Seriously? They are too busy collecting money and trying to get more members.

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up.yours d1anaw April 09 2014 at 10:41 AM

Or trying to get more than the 10% planned of a school budget for schools and teachers. The other 90% - for district administration expenses...

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waltervlod April 09 2014 at 10:30 AM

I forgot one,"pens".
But hey, the younger generation has no idea what they are...lol

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printquick April 09 2014 at 10:29 AM

so where are all the gun liberals at now - we're gonna have to eat our steaks with plastic silverware?

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lesturgill April 09 2014 at 11:50 AM

Most American schools are "gun free" zones, "knife free" zones, and "drug free" zones. And guess what? It doesn't matter. They are all "free-for-all" zones.

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Scoot lesturgill April 09 2014 at 12:01 PM

when has a gun free zone ever stoped any shooting ? but it sure make you feel good eh

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whew39 April 09 2014 at 11:00 AM

It is not hard to understand how we have so much violence with our youth. Just watch ten minutes of the previews of upcoming movies at any theater, and you know where they get the ideas to "take on the world". In fact, almost any advertisement for a new show on TV shows someone with a gun in their hand and a menacing look on their face. Guns are not the issue. It is lack of respect for life and others.

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cary whew39 April 09 2014 at 11:07 AM

Lack of respect for the life and property of others used to be taught AT HOME. When the government decided to replace parents with civil rights and welfare in the 60's, the destruction of the family began.

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kathyb2469 cary April 09 2014 at 11:19 AM

You need to throw lawyers into the mix now - everyone's sue crazy. If a teacher really disciplines a kid, they run the risk of getting sued because the parents are looking for $$$.

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mariahdaniels April 09 2014 at 11:50 AM

And I just made the argument in class that there aren't any mass stabbings.

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bri71666 mariahdaniels April 09 2014 at 11:54 AM

What do you mean no mass stabbings? They had one in CHina recently where over 100 were hurt very bad and over 30 were killed. Lets ban knives!

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