Multiple people, most of them teenagers, were stabbed by a student at a school outside of Pittsburgh this morning, according to reports. The attack occurred just after 7 a.m. at Franklin Regional High School; a suspect is in custody. “A critical incident has occurred at the high school,” reported the district’s website. “All elementary schools are cancelled, the middle school and high school students are secure.” While the situation is still developing, NBC reports as many as 20 people were injured.
We’ll provide updates as more information becomes available.
Update, 9:55 a.m.: NBC has more:
Seven teenagers and an adult were taken to Forbes Regional Hospital, Dr. Chris Kauffman, the trauma director there, told CNN. The seven were stabbed in the chest, back and abdomen, he said. He characterized some of the injuries as life-threatening.
Some of the students were in the operating room, others undergoing CT scans, he said.
“These are quite serious injuries,” he said. “These are not superficial in nature.”
Update, 10:55 a.m.: According to a press conference at the school, 19 students and one faculty member were hurt. The suspect is reportedly a 16-year-old, who was seen with two knives.
Meanwhile, one apparent victim, a sophomore soccer player, has posted a hospital selfie:
Update, 4:30 p.m.:The suspect, identified as Alex Hribal, 16, will be charged as an adult in the stabbing spree.