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Alex Hribal friend and motive: ‘He’s a shy guy who never gets violent.’

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What set Alex Hribal off? Images via social media

As investigators begin to make sense of what led to Alex Hribal, a 16 year old Franklin Regional High school 16 year old sophomore student randomly stabbing at fellow school mates one student has told that the assailant was a ‘shy guy who never got violent.’

Reports ohio.com: A Franklin Regional student who said he knows Alex well, and who arrived at school after the incident had already began, said he was “shocked, surprised. … I know him pretty well. … I’ve never seen any anger from him, ever.”

The student, who asked not to be named, called Alex “sort of a shy person. To me he never seemed like someone who would do anything violent. He never seems very upset or anything of that.”

He said Alex’s interests include “hockey, video games, things like that. … He would always share funny photos that he found on Facebook.”

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In coming to terms with why Alex Hribal may have went about his assault, students who knew the stabber told that he may have been bullied.

Reiterated one user on twitter: ‘Yeah the kid may have been bullied. But you still have to be a piece of [expletive] to stab someone and try to take someone’s life,’

Reiterated junior Gracey Evans via the Pittsburgh Post GazetteI saw this kid in all black running down the hallway, stabbing,’

‘He was just stabbing everybody that was in his way.’

Alex Hribal motive

The stabbing motion is consistent with the sophomore student indiscriminately running down the hallway slashing at any one he could, perhaps in the belief that the whole school was guilty with the woe he had come to feel as the  result of purportedly being bullied.

Re tweeted Maria Satira of WNCT‘My brother knows the suspect and says he was bullied. All students are at the middle school. May soon be released.’

Yet countering that possibility was one student, Mia Meixner who told the following: ‘He was very quiet. He just was kind of doing it,’

‘And he had this, like, look on his face that he was just crazy and he was just running around just stabbing whoever was in his way.’

Meixner would add that she didn’t know Hribal, but he had been in a lot of her classes, ‘He kept to himself a lot,’

‘He didn’t have that many friends that I know of, but I also don’t know of him getting bullied that much. I actually never heard of him getting bullied. He just was kind of shy and didn’t talk to many people.’

Hribal’s attorney, Patrick Thomassey described his client as a ‘nice young man,’ who had never been in trouble.

Offered the lawyer: ‘He’s not a loner. He works well with other kids,’

 ‘…He’s scared. He’s a young kid. He’s 16, looks like he’s 12. I mean, he’s a very young kid and he’s never been in trouble so this is all new to him.’

Alex Hribal motive

Student Matt DeCesare said via usatoday Alex Hribal was quiet and not widely known. He said most victims did not appear to be linked with him and were simply close by when the attack began.

‘I know most of the kids who were injured,’ he said. ‘They don’t have any connection to him.’

DeCesare said some students thought Hribal had been anxious or upset recently, and that he had shouted at a girl who had asked to see his homework Wednesday morning.

In briefing the media, Murrysville Police Chief Thomas Seefeld has told investigators were looking into reports of a threatening phone call between the suspect and another student the night before. Seefeld didn’t specify whether the suspect received or made the call. He has yet to add to the discussion of whether Alex Hribal was bullied or why a young quiet shy boy who has never exhibited violent tendencies before suddenly erupted today.

Since being charged as an adult, with one count of carrying a weapon on school property, four counts of attempted homicide and 21 counts of aggravated assault, authorities have told that Alex Hribal has gestured that he wants to kill himself.

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  • Jack Thompson

    Immediate News Release – April 8, 2014

    Pennsylvania School Knife Attacks Likely Linked to
    Video Game

    A 16-year-old student has
    gone on a knife stabbing spree in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, injuring 20
    victims, some critically.

    This latest school violence
    is most likely causally linked to the Grand
    Theft Auto video games—the most popular and the most violent video game
    franchise in the world, with 200 million units sold. The GTA murder simulation “games” have been linked to numerous spree
    killings, in schools particularly. Adam
    Lanza, the Sandy Hook school killer, trained on two different Grand Theft Auto games, per the findings
    in the official Connecticut Governor’s Report: http://cspsandyhookreport.ct.gov/

    The Grand Theft Auto video games feature knife killings. Here is one example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adarimoBVKs

    Knife attacks are on the rise
    in Japan. See http://gulfnews.com/news/world/other-world/knife-attacks-plague-japan-1.120951 Some experts opine that this is copycatting
    of violent video games featuring
    knifings in a country which has virtually no ownership of guns by its citizens.

    If the United States wants to
    minimize school violence, it must decrease the continuing marketing and sale of
    hyperviolent adult-rated video games to kids under 17. Harvard brain scan studies prove that teens
    process violent entertainment in a different sector of the brain than do
    adults—the sector in the midbrain that leads to copycatting.

    Contact Jack Thompson, an
    expert in school violence and video games at amendmentone@comcast.net,
    305-666-4366, cell 305-588-3005.