- Crime and punishment April 25
A note found in the locker of Alex Hribal, the 16-year-old boy who allegedly went on a mass stabbing spree at a Pittsburgh-area high school earlier this month, indicates that the attack was premeditated and that he was out to kill. A new criminal complaint details that Hribal supposedly signed the note April 6, three days before carrying out the stabbings that left 21 students and a security guard injured.
The note, per WTAE-TV, read: "I can't wait to see the priceless and helpless looks on the faces of the students of one of the 'best schools in Pennsylvania' realize their precious lives are going to be taken by the only one among them that isn't a plebeian."
The complaint also stated that Hribal refused to drop his knives after being tackled by the vice principal. "No, I am not dropping them, my work is not done, I have more people to kill," he reportedly shouted.
On Friday, a Pennsylvania district attorney increased Hribal's charges to 21 counts of attempted homicide. He was previously charged as an adult with four counts of attempted homicide and 21 counts of aggravated assault.- - Jordan Valinsky
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