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Local High School Reacts to Recent School Stabbing

It’s a tragic incident that Chambersburg Area Senior High School Principal Buddy Chapel says is terrifying for any school.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Investigators are still searching for the answers to why a student went into his high school and stabbed 20 students Wednesday morning near Pittsburgh.

Alex Hribal ripped through the hallways with two kitchen knives stabbing and injuring 20 students and one other person. The horrific incident has local high schools in shock.

It’s a tragic incident that Chambersburg Area Senior High School Principal Buddy Chapel says is terrifying for any school.

"Well it’s a scary situation for all principals, because this can happen anywhere, no matter what you do something can happen in your school, said Chapel.

The Chambersburg Area Senior High School has more than 2,000 students, and Chapel says he couldn't imagine anyone hurting them.

"This is my tenth year as a building principal and personally I don't know how I would handle one of my kids getting hurt because these kids are like my own when they are here," said Chapel.

The incident has raised concerns among students and administrators who want them to know they're safe.

"We want our students to know that school is a safe place and that it's very difficult when something like this happens because it makes students question what is going on in their schools," said Stan Shilling, 10th grade assistant principal.

Also, they want to remind students that they have a hand in their own safety.

"I have talked to several kids and several groups yesterday, and I told them the importance of that they play a part in their own safety of a building, they out number us, hundreds per adult, so they get that they are just as important of a piece in this," said Chapel. 

Administrators says they hope to never have to deal with a school situation of that magnitude, but whatever happens they know that they will stand strong as a school family.

Chapel said that this year the whole school district is focusing more on security. He says state police have come in to help them asses their current policies and equipment, and have offered suggestions on how they can improve.



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