MURRYSVILLE, Penn. (AP/CNN/PIX11) — After a 16-year-old allegedly went on a 5-minute stabbing spree at a Pennsylvia high school, hurting nearly two dozen people, stories of heroism amid the chaos are coming to light.
The school’s assistant principal is credited with tackling the attacker, ending the bloody Wednesday morning rampage at Franklin Regional Senior High School in Murrsyville, Penn., about 18 miles west of Pittsburgh.
“Mr king has always been like a story book hero, ever since we were little. Love that man,” a former student tweeted.
Student Nate Scimio is also being hailed a hero. A classmate said Scimio protected her and another student from their knife-wielding peer while he tore through a crowded hallway.
Scimio gave the public a look at the aftermath of the attack.
Under the caption “Chillin at Children’s,” Scimio posted a photo of himself in a hospital gown, his forearm heavily bandaged.
Within 23 hours of its posting, Scimio’s picture garnered some 15,000 likes on Instagram.
Other tales of bravery emerged from the mayhem, including someone pulling a fire alarm to effectively evacuate the school and students pulling the clothes off their backs to make tourniquets for wounded classmates.
In all, police said Alex Hribal, 16, stabbed 21 students and a security guard Wednesday morning.
At least five of the victims were listed in critical condition. One of them – a 17-year-old boy – underwent another surgery overnight and was in “very critical” condition early Thursday.
Doctors said the teen suffered a stab wound from a large knife that pierced his liver and missed his heart and aorta by millimeters.
Hribal, who was arraigned as an adult, faces four counts of attempted homicide, 21 counts of aggravated assault and one count of possession of a weapon on school grounds, court documents show.