By Susan Duclos
Over 20 injured, four of which seriously injured and airlifted to a hospital, at a mass stabbing incident at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, PA, accoring to initial reports.
Westmoreland County emergency management spokesman Dan Stevens stated that one person has been taken into custody.
The school’s website posted an announcement, shown below:
After a critical incident at Franklin Regional Senior High School this morning, the campus was locked down. Elementary classes were cancelled and high school students were evacuated to the middle school. Law enforcement are working with the school district to manage the situation.
Middle school and high school students will only be dismissed to parents. Parents should report to Heritage Elementary for reunification. All parents will need to sign out students before dismissal. As parents arrive at Heritage Elementary, staff members will escort middle school and high school students to the building for reunification. Any high school student who drove to school will not be permitted to drive home without a parent.
Staff members should work together and follow the directions of administrators and law enforcement to reunify students.
Mary Catherine Reljac
[Update] Via WPXI:
Early reports are that a person ran through the school slashing or puncturing students with a knife or other sharp object.
“School was in session and students were arriving for morning classes. It happened in numerous classrooms and the hallways,” Stevens said.
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. He says all the injured are between 14 and 17 years old.
Triblive reports “UPMC spokeswoman Gloria Kreps said 11 patients were being treated at UPMC facilities: five at UPMC East in Monroeville, four at Children’s Hospital in Lawrenceville, one at UPMC Mercy, Uptown, and one at UPMC Presbyterian in Oakland.”
[Update] More video news reports added below the originals.
Cross posted at Before It’s News