Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville remained under police guard Wednesday night as investigators still consider the school a crime scene.

Twenty-four people were hurt at the school earlier in the day when police say 16-year-old Alex Hribal, a sophomore, went on a stabbing and slashing spree

The attack unfolded just minutes before the start of classes at the 1,200-student high school. Police said it was over in just minutes.

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.

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The attacker “had the same expression on his face that he has every day, which was the freakiest part,” 15-year-old Nate Moore said. “He wasn’t saying anything. He didn’t have any anger on his face. It was just a blank expression.”

Twenty-one students and a school security officer are being treated for knife wounds. Two other students were hurt in the chaos that followed.

Hribal appeared before a district judge in Export Wednesday evening.

He is being charged as an adult, and faces four counts of attempted homicide and 21 other counts.

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