Twenty hurt in stab­bing spree at US high school

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Twenty people were in­jured, at least nine se­ri­ously, when a stu­dent at a Pitts­burgh-area high school went on a stab­bing ram­page early on Wed­nes­day, of­fi­cials said.

The sus­pected at­tacker, who was not iden­ti­fied, was in po­lice cus­tody, deputy emer­gency man­age­ment co­or­di­na­tor for the West­more­land County, Dan Stevens, told re­porters.

Seven stu­dents be­tween the ages of 15 and 17 and one adult were ad­mit­ted to Forbes Re­gional Hospi­tal in Mon­roeville, Penn­syl­va­nia, with stab wounds.

“These are all very se­ri­ous in­juries,” hospi­tal spokesman Jesse Miller said in a tele­phone in­ter­view.

The at­tacks took place in sev­eral class­rooms and hall­ways as the school day be­gan at Franklin Re­gional High School in Mur­rysville, 20 miles east of Pitts­burgh, county emer­gency man­age­ment of­fi­cials said. The first 911 call was re­ceived at 7:13 a.m. EDT.

Three of the pa­tients ad­mit­ted were in surgery and all eight were in crit­i­cal con­di­tion, hospi­tal spokesman Miller said.

He said a ninth pa­tient who had ar­rived at the hospi­tal was air­lifted to an­other fa­cil­ity.

Zak Am­sler, a 17-year-old ju­nior at the school, said the at­tack oc­curred just be­fore his first class was sched­uled to be­gin.

“I saw a girl with blood run­ning out of her sleeve,” Am­sler said as he waited to pick up his younger sis­ter, a stu­dent at the nearby mid­dle school. “It was pretty mind­blow­ing.”

Stevens, the county of­fi­cial, noted that the scene had been con­tained. “The stu­dents that are here are safe,” he told re­porters.

Penn­syl­va­nia Gover­nor Tom Cor­bett said he had or­dered state po­lice to help lo­cal law en­force­ment re­spond to the in­ci­dent.

“I was shocked and sad­dened upon learn­ing of the events that oc­curred this morn­ing as stu­dents ar­rived at Franklin Re­gional High School,” Cor­bett said. “As a par­ent and grand­par­ent, I can think of noth­ing more dis­tress­ing than sense­less vi­o­lence against chil­dren.”

The school district posted an emer­gency mes­sage on its web­site on Wed­nes­day. Reuters

Pak­istani vol­un­teers col­lect the re­mains of blast vic­tims at the site of a bomb ex­plo­sion in a fruit and veg­etable mar­ket in Is­lam­abad yes­ter­day, where 17 people were killed and 50 oth­ers wounded, po­lice and hospi­tal of­fi­cials said. Pic AFP

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