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Prosecutor: School stabber used kitchen knives

Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 9:11 a.m. CST
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(Keith Srakocic)
Alex Hribal, the suspect in the stabbings at the Franklin Regional High School near Pittsburgh, is driven away from a district magistrate in a Westmoreland County Sheriff's car after he was arraigned on charges in the attack on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 in Export, Pa. Authorities say Hribal has been charged after allegedly stabbing and slashing at least 21 people, mostly students, in the crowded halls of his suburban Pittsburgh high school Wednesday. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
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Westmoreland County DA John W. Peck, right, takes questions during a press conference while Murrysville Mayor Robert J. Brooks, left, and Westmoreland County Public Safety PIO Dan Stevens look on at Franklin Regional Middle School on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Governor Tom Corbett paid a visit to Franklin Regional to address the stabbing incident occurring earlier in the day at Franklin Regional High School. (AP Photo/Tribune Review, Evan Sanders) PITTSBURGH OUT

PITTSBURGH – The district attorney says a 16-year-old charged with stabbing 21 other students and a security officer at his Pittsburgh-area high school used two "ordinary kitchen knives."

Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck called the weapons "common items you'd find in a kitchen."

However, he stopped short of saying that the suspect, Alex Hribal, took them from his own home.

Peck says he doubts anyone other than Hribal will be held criminally responsible for bringing the knives to Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville on Wednesday.

The prosecutor says the knives weren't designed to be weapons and didn't need to be stored in any particular way under the law.

Hribal is being held without bail in a juvenile detention center, though he's charged as an adult with attempted homicide and aggravated assault.

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