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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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Barry Pearson April 15 2014 at 2:26 AM

The Media tags lines are so exaggerated and false offering only repeated hot air. As for Hribal,
he is now a criminal and should be judged that way. Overall, if the media wasn't always looking for
trite things to blab about, this story would fall as just another day in America. Come on "Media"
hire people with guts and pride and support them towards real happening that matter. Go get
real NEWS! Then, your audience will be informed for a change...................Do it!

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harperbt April 14 2014 at 10:45 PM

If it was Bullying ,I truly understand 50+ years ago I was and if I seen this man today I would like to slap the **** out of him .

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SAM April 14 2014 at 6:17 PM

His lawyer wants him tried in juvenile court? All they do is give you a slap on the hand, probation and community service. This person stabbed 21 students and a security guard. Three of the students are in critical condition with one who's life is on the brink. It's now reported that he also threatened two other students by phone prior to the attack. He needs to be tried as an adult and removed from society so he can't endanger any more people. He's already done enough damagto last a lifetime.

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lillaana April 14 2014 at 6:20 PM

The teacher who took down his high school student who attacked him when told to STOP SELLING DRUGS IN THE CLASSROOM is on admin leave...the teacher who protected herself in Stockton, CA when a hardheaded disrespectful girl demanded her cellphone and attacked her was put on admin leave and later fired/suspended...everyone says they want the teachers to protect the kids and protect themselves, but when they do, they get canned and villified...how 'bout we (parents) raise our kids with more responsibility and less of the idea that if they aren't "happy" they should just take it out on whomever happens to be nearby...as a 22 year veteran teacher, I'm a little tired of being held responsible for what these kids come from home and do...enough already!

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Dean Sutton lillaana April 14 2014 at 6:35 PM

Would it be okay if these stupid schools and also the parents as you have referred too be humiliated and then made a public example of! After all, they seem to be exempt from any retribution when they decide to "punish" a teacher for trying to do the right thing!
There are a lot of parents out there who seem to think their kids are entitled to act out, do drugs, play their electronics, and other acts which are not really a form of education.

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lillaana lillaana April 14 2014 at 6:50 PM

FURTHERMORE...Why is it always up to the SCHOOL to take the blame for a kid who leaves HOME, taking knives and guns and boxcutters and bombs that he made at HOME, carrying a plan devised at HOME, to take revenge on kids whom he listed on some notepad as he sat at his desk at HOME? Is anybody HOME?

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RClark3937 April 14 2014 at 10:01 PM

my heart goes out to all... My concern is what pushed him to snap.. its easy for the school to get helpfor the students but are the kids that pushed being punished...kids that do this are pushed and pushed... yet those that caused this go free...

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izzysmydog RClark3937 April 14 2014 at 10:12 PM

This kid is not the victim in this case... He is the aggressor... He planned this and took the knives to the school... Let's not absolve him of his crimes, because he felt that he was being picked on and had no other choice... He had choices but he chose not to use them...

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jeh3264 izzysmydog April 14 2014 at 10:24 PM

Oooooh, now you've gone and pissed off the liberals....

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vintagehartz izzysmydog April 15 2014 at 7:01 AM

If it's easier for you to pretend than whatev... I wonder what you imagine his "choices" were but at the same time I don't care.

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vintagehartz RClark3937 April 15 2014 at 7:00 AM

Our school system does not have an easy time getting help for troubled children. The staff are trained to educate and may not understand mental illness. The schools are concerned only with liability and are limited as to what they can do for troubled children. Mental Health issues are not well addressed in our culture. Even comments posted here are an example of not understanding the mind of the mentally ill and their ability to understand or curtail their own actions.

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trojanpup1 April 14 2014 at 9:50 PM

I despise for what that 16 year old did to these students it's wrong to stab shoot and having fights that are not allowed in school no wonder this kid is so cold and heartless ex spell him from school

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yoopersue trojanpup1 April 14 2014 at 10:12 PM

He won't be back to school in his lifetime.

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trojanpup1 yoopersue April 15 2014 at 12:27 AM


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Bernie April 14 2014 at 9:49 PM

These crazy school students are getting out of hand! He should be tried as an adult; they think they should get away with these crimes because they don't think down the road. They should be made an example of, if nothing else, to make other lunatics either get help or control their rages.

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scuka April 14 2014 at 9:48 PM

He look menthaly ill. Just like all the other ones. The one he kill all kids year ago? Same, he look menthaly sick...so sad.....they can't be stop on time.

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yoopersue scuka April 14 2014 at 10:13 PM

How can you say somebody looks "mentally ill"? That's ridiculous. P.S. Learn to write in English.

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karen and pitts scuka April 14 2014 at 10:54 PM

yeah that menthal is some rough crap.

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FCI Fincl Serv April 14 2014 at 9:43 PM

When I was in high school, most disputes were settled with fists. Because guns were only used for hunting there were no mass shootings. Some clever "hoodlums" would break the metal antennas off automobiles and made "zip guns"! Single shot weapons that usually fired a 22 caliber bullet that was as dangerous for the shooter as it was for the intended victim> The shooters would usually go to "reform school", if the victim survived. There were also "switchblade" knives, but no mass stabbings like happened in this case!

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pereztombstone1 April 14 2014 at 10:51 PM

Look at most kids today and the consensuses is entitlement, unaccountable, lazy, this is an epidemic, most of this is caused by working parents, single parents, no time to raise a child today, and lets not forget ADD, OCD, bullied. and lets throw every drug at them to fix the problem, you ever read the side effects on most all drugs....yes our kids are in trouble, and some will have to pay the price, it didn't get this way over night, and it's going to take many years to reverse the effects....

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