Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Franklin Regional Students Back Today

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Franklin Regional Students Back Today

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Franklin Regional High School students and teachers will return to normal schedules today, one week after the knife attack that injured 21 students and a security guard.

Hundreds of students visited the school Tuesday during an optional, informal opportunity to readjust to their surroundings before classes resumed.

Junior Jenna Miller, 17, spent about 90 minutes at the school and described a lively scene in which students were smiling and laughing in the hallways and teachers greeted visitors with hugs and chocolate.

On each locker -- even the corner ones that are hard to reach -- read a small sign with sentiments like: "We're OK, keep pushing, FR Panthers."

"We didn't expect to stay so long, but then we saw all of our friends and the teachers," she said. "I was surprised at how great it was. I thought it was just going to be very quiet, but everyone was loud, everyone was talking."

Investigators said they are still trying to determine what led 16- year-old sophomore Alex Hribal to slash or stab his fellow students with two kitchen knives at the school last Wednesday. He was charged as an adult in the attack and is being held without bond at the Westmoreland County juvenile detention center in Greensburg.

Jenna's friend, Derek Jones, 17, and Greg Keener, 15, were hurt in the attack and remained in the intensive care unit at Forbes Hospital in critical but stable condition Tuesday. The third stabbing victim listed in critical condition at that hospital, Connor Warwick, 16, was released from the ICU and moved to another unit Monday.

Jared Boger, 17, was in critical condition at UPMC Presbyterian after a fourth surgery over the weekend, but his condition was improving, doctors said.

Assistant superintendent Mary Catherine Reljac said students directly affected by the attack were welcomed first on Tuesday, followed by sophomores, freshmen, juniors then seniors. …

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