|(US school knifings) Attacker had ‘blank expression’
US high school student Nate Moore, 15, said he saw the suspect Alex Hribal, tackle and knife a freshman at his suburban Pittsburgh high school.
(Pictured, high schoolers comfort each other).
He said he was going to try to break it up when the boy got up and slashed Moore's face, opening a wound that required 11 stitches.
“It was really fast. It felt like he hit me with a wet rag because I felt the blood splash on my face. It spurted up on my forehead,'' Moore said.
The attacker “had the same expression on his face that he has every day, which was the freakiest part,'' he said. “He wasn't saying anything. He didn't have any anger on his face. It was just a blank expression.''
Assistant Principal Sam King finally tackled the boy and disarmed him, and a police officer who is regularly assigned to the school handcuffed him, police said.
King's son told The Associated Press that his father was treated at a hospital, though authorities said he was not knifed.
In addition to the 22 stabbed or slashed, two people suffered other injuries, authorities said. The security guard, who was wounded after intervening early in the melee, was not seriouisly hurt.
As for what set off the attack, Murrysville Police Chief Thomas Seefeld said investigators were looking into reports of a threatening phone call between the suspect and another student the night before.
The FBI joined the investigation and went to the boy's house, where authorities said they planned to confiscate and search his computer.
“They are a very, very nice family. A great family. We never saw anything out of the ordinary,'' said John Kukalis, a next-door neighbor for about 13 years.