Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Telephone Threats to Students Investigated

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Telephone Threats to Students Investigated

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Two Franklin Regional Senior High School students received threatening phone messages and calls before the knife attack last week that left 21 students and a security guard injured, investigators said in court documents released Monday.

When the calls were placed was not clear, but the caller is thought to be 16-year-old stabbing suspect Alex Hribal "because of the subsequent conduct of [the suspect] coming to school and attacking numerous individuals," investigators wrote in an affidavit of probable cause filed with a search warrant application.

Alex's attorney, Patrick Thomassey, said he didn't have direct knowledge of the calls.

The father of one boy who received the threatening messages said last week that his son, who is two years older than Alex, had little contact with him and there was a good chance the call was unrelated to the stabbings.

The boy's father agreed to speak to a reporter on the condition that neither he nor his son be named.

The father of the other boy, a sophomore, said Monday that the family was "not providing any information" to reporters about the phone call or about whether his son knew Alex.

Mr. Thomassey said he didn't know of his client "having any conversations with anybody" the night before the stabbings, which occurred shortly after students arrived for school Wednesday.

Police had previously said they were looking into reports that the suspect had made a threatening call the night before the attacks.

The attorney also said he was not sure whether Alex had any sort of relationship with either boy named in the affidavit. He said Alex did not have a cell phone the night before the stabbings occurred, but he declined to say whether his client might have possessed one at other times.

Murrysville police Chief Thomas Seefeld did not return messages seeking comment, and Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck declined an interview request through his secretary. …

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