Alex Hribal of Murrysville, Pennsylvania, is being charged as an
adult for an attack that left several Franklin Regional High School
students in critical condition. Hribal is accused of entering the
school wielding two kitchen knives, stabbing students and staff in
He is facing 21 counts of attempted homicide and other charges.
His lawyer, Patrick Thomassey, said he requested a jury trial but
did not disclose a legal strategy.
"We are going to now proceed to the discovery process, where they
are going to give me all the search reports and videos and we are
going to figure out how we are going to defend it," he said.
A warrant unsealed Tuesday revealed Hribal wrote a note three days
before the attacks in which he expressed his "dissatisfaction with
school and society."
The document was discovered in his locker on the day of the
stabbings and was titled "Ragnarok," in a possible reference to
bloody Norse end-times mythology.
The warrant also revealed that two students received threatening
phone calls the day before the attack, suspected to have been from
An April affidavit also referenced a document Hribal wrote three
days before the attack, but it was not known if it is the
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In the note he wrote: "I can't wait to see the priceless and
helpless looks on the faces of the students of one of the 'best
schools in Pennsylvania' (when they) realize their precious lives
are going to be taken by the only one among them that isn't a
The affidavit also stated that Hribal refused to let go of his
knives after the vice principal grabbed him and students fled the
hallways in panic. Hribal was quoted as saying: "No, I am not
dropping them. My work is not done. I have more people to kill."
Hribal is currently being held without bail at a juvenile detention
facility, Thomassey said.
(Reporting by Elizabeth Daley; Editing by Edith Honan and Lisa
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