In response to rumors circulating that a report of multiple stabbings at a Pennsylvania high school Wednesday morning came from a school here in the Oil Region, officials have been quick to point out that the news actually originated in Westmoreland County.
Media sources around the country are reporting that nineteen students and a school security guard were injured in a series of stabbings at Franklin Regional High School. Franklin Regional is located in Murrysville, not far from Pittsburgh. Reports from Pittsburgh media sources indicate seven of the students at the school were reported to have sustained critical injuries.
Police officials in Westmoreland County say a suspect is in custody. The suspect has been identified only as a male, sixteen year-old, tenth-grade student at Franklin Regional.
Police were first alerted shortly before 7:15 AM Wednesday. High school and middle school students were immediately locked down, and elementary school classes were cancelled for the day. Streets around the high school were immediately barricaded. The students on lockdown were gradually released to their parents following the arrest of the suspect.
There was no immediate word as to what led to the stabbings, but Westmoreland County Emergency Management Agency spokesperson Dan Stevens told reporters they occurred in a school hallway and inside “numerous classrooms.”