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School stabbing victim speaks out

Reported By: Kerri Corrado
Written By: Marc Stempka

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. -- One of the victims from Wednesday's mass stabbing at a Westmoreland County high school spoke out from the hospital where he is receiving treatment, as the investigation into the incident remains under investigation.

Ten students remained hospitalized of the 24 people who were injured in the stabbing at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, outside of Pittsburgh.

Thursday morning 16-year-old Brett Hurt, who was stabbed in the back, spoke as part of a news conference with Forbes Regional Hospital doctors who were updating the conditions of those who were still receiving treatment at their facility for their wounds.

Hurt said he was terrified he was going to die when he realized he had been stabbed.

"What was going through my mind?" Hurt said. "Will I survive or will I die?"

WATCH: Brett Hurt and his mother speak at a news conference about the stabbing

Hurt pushed one of his friends, Gracey Evans, out the way as Alex Hribal made his way down a hallway, allegedly stabbing people at random.

"Then I got stabbed in the back and I was, just had to get into the next room," Hurt said. "[Gracey] put pressure on my wound, making sure I didn't bleed out."

Investigators said Hribal, 16 and a sophomore, stabbed 21 students and security officer during a bloody rampage inside of the building at about 7:15 a.m., before classes had begun for the day, police said. Two other students were injured during the ensuing chaos as everyone tried to get out of building.

Hribal was charged Wednesday night with four counts of attempted homicide and multiple charges of aggravated assault. He is being charged as an adult and being held in a juvenile detention center without bail.

As of Thursday afternoon, seven patients, including Hurt, remained hospitalized at Forbes Regional Hospital, doctors said. Three were listed in critical condition, two in serious condition and two in fair condition.

Three victims remained hospitalized at UPMC facilities in Pittsburgh, officials said through Twitter. One patient, a 17-year-old male was in critical condition and in the intensive care unit at UPMC Presbyterian. He underwent surgery Thursday morning and was expected to have another surgery Friday.

Two victims remained in fair condition at UPMC Children's Hospital, officials said.

Also speaking at the Forbes Regional press conference was Hurt's mother, Amanda Leonard.

"To know that my son made it and to know that so far every parent can be blessed to know that their child is still here to me, that's a godsend," Leonard said.

Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck said Hribal used two kitchen knives to commit the attack. A motive behind the stabbings remained unclear.

"[They're] common items you'd find in a kitchen," Peck said.

Hurt said the attack was a blur. He had met the suspect a few times, but didn't really know him, and said he's not sure he'll be able to return to school any time soon.

"I think if I walked in [the building], I might just freeze and won't be able to move," Hurt said. "I need time to just cope. I think all of us who got injured in the accident need time to cope. We're all lucky to still be alive. Even the people that are in critical right now, they're lucky. We're pretty much blessed."

Franklin Regional officials said the high school would remain closed through the week. The district's elementary and middle schools opened as scheduled Thursday.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times