Two teens who helped treat friends wounded in a massive school stabbing at their Pennsylvania high school said they remain stunned Thursday by the rampage they witnessed.
“I didn’t get a wink of sleep last night because I’m so traumatized,” Gracey Evans told TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie.
The 17-year-old junior watched as a classmate began stabbing people around her in the halls of their suburban Pittsburgh school just moments before class started Wednesday. Evans said her best friend jumped in front of her right as the stabbing suspect approached.
“I was just so scared and I didn’t know what to do. All I could really think about was, did this just really happen?” Evans said, “Like, I couldn’t believe that my best friend just took a knife for me. I could tell you exactly how much blood was on that knife. It’s just too scary.”
Authorities have taken 16-year-old Alex Hribal into custody for the attack. They say the teen stabbed 20 fellow students and a security guard at Franklin Regional Senior High School before he was apprehended.
Kristen Beard, 16, lived down the street from Hribal but said the two didn’t interact much.
“He was always very quiet and I would have never expected anything from him like this,” she told Guthrie. “He was just quiet.”