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Stabbings Injure Up To 20 At Pennsylvania High School

04/09/2014 09:16 EDT | Updated 06/09/2014 05:59 EDT
As many as 20 students have been injured in multiple stabbings at a high school in Murrysville, Pa., 29  kilometres east of Pittsburgh.

One male student was been taken into custody and was being questioned. As many as nine people were believed to have been taken to hospital following the incident Wednesday morning at Franklin Regional High School. 

An official said four students were believed to be seriously injured after a student with a knife stabbed or slashed others.

Emergency management spokesman Dan Stevens said not all of the 20 injured were cut by the knife, though most were. Some suffered scrapes and cuts in the mayhem.

Stevens said it doesn't appear any students suffered life-threatening injuries. He said all the injured were between 14 and 17 years old.

Stevens said the suspect used a knife, though he didn't say what kind or suggest why he attacked the others.

A posting on the Franklin Regional Senior High School website said: "A critical incident has occurred at the high school. All elementary schools are cancelled, the middle school and high school students are secure. Additional information will be released as soon as possible."

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    Emergency responders gather in the parking lot of the high school on the campus of the Franklin Regional School District, where several people were stabbed at Franklin Regional High School, on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Murrysville, Pa., near Pittsburgh. The suspect, a male student, was taken into custody and being questioned. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar)
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    Emergency responders gather in the parking lot of the high school on the campus of the Franklin Regional School District, where several people were stabbed at Franklin Regional High School, on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Murrysville, Pa., near Pittsburgh. The suspect, a male student, was taken into custody and being questioned. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar)
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    Students leave the campus of the Franklin Regional School District where several people were stabbed at Franklin Regional High School on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Murrysville, Pa., near Pittsburgh. The suspect, a male student, was taken into custody and being questioned. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar)
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    A Salvation Army disaster services vehicle drives past a school bus onto the campus of the Franklin Regional School District where several people were stabbed at Franklin Regional High School, Wednesday, April 9, 2014 in Murrysville, Pa., near Pittsburgh. The suspect, a male student, was taken into custody and being questioned. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
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    A policeman directs a driver to the area to pick up students on the campus of the Franklin Regional School District where several people were stabbed at Franklin Regional High School on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Murrysville, Pa., near Pittsburgh. The suspect, a male student, was taken into custody and being questioned. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
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    A pair of women walk arm-in-arm off the campus of the Franklin Regional School District, where several people were stabbed at Franklin Regional High School on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Murrysville, Pa., near Pittsburgh. The suspect, a male student, was taken into custody and being questioned. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
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    Students leave the campus of the Franklin Regional School District where several people were stabbed at Franklin Regional High School on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Murrysville, Pa., near Pittsburgh. The suspect, a male student, was taken into custody and being questioned. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar)
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    Jenna Mickel, right, a sophomore at Franklin Regional High School, right, stands with her father, Richard, as she talks with reporters near the school, where several people were stabbed, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Murrysville, Pa., near Pittsburgh. The suspect, a male student, was taken into custody and being questioned. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar)
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    Studentswalk down the street away from the campus of the Franklin Regional School District, where several people were stabbed at Franklin Regional High School, on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Murrysville, Pa., near Pittsburgh. The suspect, a male student, was taken into custody and being questioned. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar)
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    A woman walks onto the campus of the Franklin Regional School District where several people were stabbed at Franklin Regional High School on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Murrysville, Pa., near Pittsburgh. The suspect, a male student, was taken into custody and being questioned. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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    Emergency responders gather in the parking lot of the high school on the campus of the Franklin Regional School District where several people were stabbed at Franklin Regional High School on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Murrysville, Pa., near Pittsburgh. The suspect, a male student, was taken into custody and being questioned. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)