Stabbed hero posts selfie after Pa. high school knife attack


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Stabbed hero posts selfie after Pa. high school knife attack

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Apr 9, 2014

After a 16-year-old student at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pa., ran rampant Wednesday morning, stabbing his fellow classmates and a police officer, one student in particular is being praised for his quick thinking. Sophomore Nate Scimio allegedly pulled the fire alarm to alert students to leave the building immediately, despite being stabbed himself.

"I don't know if Nate did it on purpose or just instinct," sophomore Trinity McCool tells USA Today. "He took the stab right in his arm and saved my friend and me." Added McCool, "He told everybody to run away. I'm pretty sure he pulled the fire alarm."

Scimio has since taken to Instagram to post his current status post-injury, along with a message that he's "chillin' in Children's [Hospital]." Twenty individuals aged 15 to 60 were stabbed or slashed before the sophomore student yielding two knives was tackled by assistat principal Sam King.

KDKA Pittsburgh says the assailant, who had now been identified as Alex Hribal, was "flailing away with two knives" and a "blank expression . . . Witnesses said the boy with the knives at first tackled a freshman and stabbed him in the belly, then got up and ran wildly down the hall, slashing other students."

In all, 19 students and a police officer were wounded, at least five of the students critically, "including a boy who was on a ventilator after a knife pierced his liver, missing his heart and aorta by only millimeters," KDKA reports.

Hribal was taken into custody and treated for a minor wound on his hand. KDKA reports he has been charged as an adult.

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.