One person is in custody after the suspect went on a stabbing rampage at a Pennsylvania high school just outside of Pittsburgh. And a school board director is already exploiting the situation by saying she is glad that at least it was not a gun.
According to Fox News,
“Nobody’s ever prepared for something like that as a parent,” Matt Provenzo told FoxNews.com of dropping his son, Mark, off at the Franklin Regional High School. “As he got out of the car, you could see students exiting the building and that the fire alarm was pulled … There were a few students who were visibly upset.”
Dan Stevens, a spokeswoman for Westmoreland County emergency management, said a male student is in custody following the 7:20 a.m. incident at the school, roughly 15 miles east of Pittsburgh.
Four of the victims were taken to area hospitals via helicopter. Those injured were between 14 and 17 years old, Stevens said, adding that not all of them were stabbed or slashed with a knife.
A press conference on the incident has been scheduled for 10:30 a.m., he said.
The overwhelming majority of students evacuated in a “remarkably orderly fashion,” said Provenzo, whose son was not injured.
“I saw one or two who were visibly upset,” Provenzo told FoxNews.com.
A doctor said some victims suffered injuries classified as life-threatening, although all are expected to survive. Dr. Chris Kaufman said two victims were in the operating room and one was awaiting surgery at nearby Forbes Regional Medical Center.
Reese Jackson, the hospital’s president and CEO, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that one of the victims may have saved the life of another.
“A surgeon came out and congratulated one of the victims by saying she had saved the person’s life by applying pressure to the person’s wound,” Jackson told the newspaper.
Roberta Cook, a Franklin Regional School Board director and member of the safety committee, said the local schools have well-practiced procedures in place for such events. Cook said she was awaiting a briefing on the incident, but had heard that no one had been killed.
“But I’m just glad it wasn’t a shooter, because if it had been a shooter, there would have been fatalities,” Cook, whose children attended the school, told FoxNews.com.
So it looks like the school board director is already trying to politicize this incident as a reason for more gun control, even though it was a knife that lead to 20 children being stabbed at school.
In all of this you will not hear about anyone trying to ban knives from our homes and limiting how many knives a person can own. You will only hear from the anti-gun activists how this situation would have been much worse had the suspect used a gun.
If the gut reaction is, “Good thing he didn’t use a gun,” then maybe the director is forgetting what happened in China just last month when 28 were killed in a stabbing attack at a train station.
It is not a GOOD thing that a gun was not used. It is a horrible thing that someone wanted to stab a bunch of high-schoolers. Fatalities still happen in stabbings and guns don’t always lead to fatalities. But either way, it’s about time we go after the ones committing the crimes rather than the law abiding citizens who are trying to preserve life.