As authorities and the media world plow into the circumstances of what led to Alex Hribal, a 16 year old Franklin Regional High School sophomore student going off on a wild stabbing escapade, questions are now being asked about Alex Hribal’s mental state of mind.
Reflects ibtimes: Authorities have not detailed a possible motive in the attack, but the district attorney said the teenager made “statements” to officials that “he wanted to die”. However, Hribal did not have a known history of depression or any other mental illness.
Added Alex Hribal’s lawyer, Patrick Thomassey: ‘I’m not sure he knows what he did, quite frankly. We have to make sure that he understands the nature of the charges and what’s going on here. It’s important that he be examined by a psychiatrist and determined where he is mentally.’
Reiterated the lawyer: ‘He’s a typical young kid. He’s a B+ student. The family is like Ozzie and Harriet. They have dinner together every night,’
‘He worked well in groups, and this happened. So there’s a reason for it — that’s what I’m saying. And we have to get to the bottom of that,’
‘All the students liked him.’
Addressing the issue of whether Alex Hribal had been bullied at school, the lawyer offered:
‘I heard these rumors about being bullied. I don’t believe that’s true,’
‘I’m sure that at a certain point we’ll find out what caused this. Maybe there is something that was going on at school that I’m not aware of yet or his parents aren’t aware of yet.’
Added student Morgan Ritchey, who had two classes with Hribal, ‘he was a little misunderstood.’
‘I just always felt like he had a different side to him that nobody knew and it was, like, hard to uncover.’
To date authorities tell there are no obvious clues that Alex Hribal was troubled — no inflammatory social media postings or reports to authorities.