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Police: School stabber apparently behind threats



MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) -- Detectives believe a boy charged with stabbing 21 other students and a security guard at his Pittsburgh-area high school threatened two students by phone before the attack.

The reference to the threatening phone messages and completed calls is contained in a search warrant affidavit. Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck says neither student was among the victims in Wednesday's attack at Franklin Regional High School.

County detectives got the warrant for the home of Alex Hribal (RY'-bal). He is charged as an adult with four counts of attempted homicide and 21 counts of aggravated assault.

Hribal's attorney and the district attorney did not return messages seeking comment.

Four students are still hospitalized, three in critical condition. The fourth was upgraded to fair condition Monday.

Teachers returned to the school Monday but classes don't resume until Wednesday.

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

Teachers on Monday attended a counseling session at a church and then returned to a high school where a student stabbed 21 others and a security guard last week, but they scuttled plans to march the half block between the two to avoid the media.

Monday's activities were the start of a three-day effort to reopen Franklin Regional High School for the first time since a boy attacked fellow students with a pair of kitchen knives last Wednesday.

On Tuesday, students and parents will get a chance to see that bloody hallways have been cleaned up and other steps taken to return the school to normal. Classes resume on Wednesday.

Four students were still hospitalized in critical condition Monday as the teachers gathered with two crisis counselors hired by the district. To avoid television cameras, the teachers drove to the school's parking lot or made the short walk up a wooded hill between the church and the 1,200-student school.

Two parents who chatted with reporters Monday, said their children were eager to get back to school.

"That's where he wants to be, to be with his friends," Jeff Mauro said of his son, Jamie, a ninth-grader who witnessed some of the stabbings. "This has been a learning experience that we have to love each other - all of us."

Laura Thompson said her children "seem to think they're going to be fine. But I think it's going to be different when they're back in that environment."

Alex Hribal, 16, is charged with four counts of attempted homicide and 21 counts of aggravated assault in the stabbings.

His attorney, Patrick Thomassey, didn't return calls and an email seeking comment, but he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he plans to waive Hribal's right to a preliminary hearing next week.

Once that happens, Thomassey will ask a Westmoreland County judge to move the case to juvenile court, a move prosecutors are expected to contest. Thomassey said that request will be based largely on a mental health evaluation by a doctor he's hired.

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stupidpublic360 April 15 2014 at 12:35 PM

It is so sad to witness a 16 year old going on a stabbing spree unprovoked and then being charged of very serious offences on many counts. The photograph of the students conveys a blank expression devoid of any emotion or remorse. His mental state should be thoroughly investigated by psychiatrists for this dastardly act. Unstable family backdrop, bullying in school, influence of violent movies may be some of the inner provocations for the boy. Anyway, society should introspect on what is going wrong with our kids.

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tbrucemom April 15 2014 at 10:19 AM

People always seem to blame one of three things when this stuff happens - mental illness, drugs, or bullying. It may be one of these or all three, but sometimes people are just evil. We have a hard time accepting that and try to blame it on something else, but in some cases there's just no other explanation. Bullying has been around forever. It's become a real issue today because parents don't teach their children that it's wrong and those that are bullied aren't taught to protect themselves. I taught my children not to be a bully and if they were bullied they had the right to defend themselves. You don't throw the first punch, but you can retaliate if someone hits you first. Of course today they'd both be suspended but I bet they won't be bullied anymore. Those that are verbally bullied on social media, etc., don't Facebook, Twitter or whatever it is you use that's the source of the bullying.

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hterrywisdom tbrucemom April 15 2014 at 10:52 AM

Right; of course continue to teach violence instead. Bullying has recently suffered and it appears to have a lasting effect on children. This should be taken serious and fighting back is not the solve it all method. Think about it.

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slackwarerobert hterrywisdom April 15 2014 at 11:42 AM

fighting back STOPS bullying. throwing them out a 4th floor window works even better. it stops ALL the bullies. defending yourself is not violence, it is STOPPING violence.
A text message is not bullying, if you are afraid of random electrons on a screen you have bigger issues than the person texting you.
banning dodge ball isn't the answer either.

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JTTW April 15 2014 at 10:14 AM

Where are the parents ? This generation of parenting has gone to hell in a handbasket. They have children ( cute lil puppies) but as they grow up , they allow society to raise them, and this is what we get in return.Hes 16 where are his parents? why didnt they know he was hurting. Reality is. if your not going to PARENT YOUR CHILDREN THROUGH LIFE AND FIND MATERIAL THINGS MORE IMPORTANT... DONT HAVE CHILDREN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!SO SICK OF THESE PARENTS SAYING " HE IS A NICE KID" HOW WOULD YOU EVEN KNOW IF YOU DONT KNOW WHATS GOIN ON WITH THEM!!!!!!!!! START PARENTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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tmiller001 April 15 2014 at 9:40 AM

That was most likely the though process he went through before he committed these crimes! "I'm just a kid, they'll let me out in a couple of years with slap on the wrist!" He did the crime! It was premeditated and thought out. He knew what he was doing.

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There Were Signs April 15 2014 at 10:27 AM

So I guess we now have another media star. I guess that for the next six months I will have to see his sorry ass every time I go online or turn on my television...............

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nam2205 There Were Signs April 15 2014 at 10:51 AM

Yeah, he hit the hit parade.,,,,,How warped.

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Sumayya April 15 2014 at 10:27 AM

Many school administrators don't deal with bullying in a fair manner. Mostly because they think it is trivial, pranksters at best. Sometimes it's simply because they like one kid and his family over another, or sometimes it is a co-workers child doing the bullying. Nobody wants to "rock the boat." Until school officials come up with a solid plan and follow it, saying, "no tolerance for bullies;" then there will continue to be horrible incidents like this in our kids learning environment. I pray for all of them to recover from this nightmare.

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sbw1987 Sumayya April 15 2014 at 10:46 AM

Thank you for saying this. It is the exact truth. The bullying, the hatred has to stop. Usually you have children who mind their own business and go around trying to do what is suppose to be done at school then you have bullies who terrorize them and embarrass them in front of others and their friends.

What needs to be done is finding out who provoked the child.

Thank you to the one parent of the victims who said we need to love each other more.

As Dr. Martin Luther King Junior, God rest his sole said, darkness cannot drive out darkness only light can do that, hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.

We as a society have to push to put the bullies and their parents in jail NOT THEIR VICTIMS.

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slackwarerobert sbw1987 April 15 2014 at 12:56 PM

stabbing 19 people puts him in the bully column for me.
watching a crime is not a crime, you can even video the bullying and post it unless the girl lets her pants down.

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lgoye April 15 2014 at 10:21 AM

"Spare the rod, spoil the child"
Kids today are spoiled there parents let them do what ever they want to, with no discipline when wrong doings occur.
The parents should be responsible too, maybe instead of going out and ignore the child, and spending time with them this might have not happen.

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shindogdiggity88 lgoye April 15 2014 at 10:32 AM

Every time I'm out in public, EVERY TIME, I always see people letting their kids run around and destroy things in the store, then whenever the "parents" try to tell them to stop, the kid sits there and throws a temper tantrum, and cussing up a storm until the parents finally say "okay now Billy, I'll buy this for you if you be quiet".

There is so many problems with that method of parenting, one of which the kid is not only NOT being punished for his/her misbehavior, but he/she is actually being REWARDED by it when the "parents" buy them things to shut them up.

That type of parenting creates the "problem child" we see in todays society where kids are running around shooting up their schools because they didn't get the latest Xbox game console on their birthday.

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chefjohnp April 15 2014 at 7:54 AM

...but why? This young boy was bothered by something which will add to the motive. What he did was all wrong, but there is an underlying reason here. Also, he had no love. I feel that if this boy had a small amount if love, someone he could reach out to, this may have been averted. In this pressure cooker of a world we live in today, where money, high tech, and the "I've got to have that" attitude rules, there is little time to really love one another. This boy needed a caring heart to listen to him. If only someone saw this. Emotions are strong all around us, especially in our younger people. Daily, they are bombarded by so much, that most don't even know how to handle all the pressure. Sadly, because of busy schedules and massive demands made on the very people who should be listening to these young people, many young people have resorted to acting out their lives based on some trashy reality t.v. show. Hugging your children is great, but please take a moment to sit down with them daily and ask them, " So how was your day?" Then listen, intently......it just may save a life.

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fay38 chefjohnp April 15 2014 at 8:11 AM

What makes you think he had no love?

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r_porterfield April 15 2014 at 8:30 AM

Hmmm...these days kids are taught from the beginning not to retaliate and to always wait for an authority figure to come rescue you. But school officials hands are tied with respect to how they can punish kids and now children often don't have their issues resolved by authority. And when someone is attacking them, they ahve this heard mentality. Standing there, waiting for someone to save them. It seems that back when kids could fight there was less SERIOUS violence. Now kids don't do anything to fight back and the adults can do little, making them feel helpless. All of that builds up inside of them until they kill themselves or someone else. IT's absurd. It's human nature to fight. I just think there are healthier outlets for that aggression and parents and teachers need to get on board with each other. My kids are home schooled and they are taught to defend themselves when they feel it necessary.

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fay38 April 15 2014 at 8:08 AM

Why didn't his parents. friends or his brother - somebody ! - notice something amiss the night before the stabbings or even way before and get him some mental health care?

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phillyboy fay38 April 15 2014 at 8:28 AM

Stop making EXCUSES.

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belly buttone fay38 April 15 2014 at 11:43 AM

his brother was sick and didnt go to school that day...it seems like no one cares.....he has sibblings attending the same school and must be they dont hang out with him at all and maybe his parents are too busy with other things....

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