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Alex Hribal parents stunned. Was he bullied by rich white kids?

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Did Alex Hribal’s community have anything to do with him coming undone?

As authorities attempt to understand the motives behind Alex Hribal, stabbing 21 individuals, including 20 students and a security guard at Franklin Regional High School, Pennsylvania, questions are now turning towards Alex Hribal’s parents.

To date the parents  have told they are stunned by their sons behavior and that they never saw ‘this coming.’

Told Alex Hribol’s father, Harold Hribol: ‘My prayers go out to everyone who was injured today and I hope they recover as quickly as possible.’

The washingtontimes adds that Alex Hribal’s parents send their condolences to the victims and families and that they are puzzled by their son’s behavior because their son never shown any need for psychiatric treatment.

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Alex Hribol’s father, Harold Hribal (pictured left) and Alex Hribol’s father, Patrick Thomassey (right).

What is known is Alex Hribal lived along with his parents and younger brother Ryan in a well to do suburban cul-de-sac community (Sunflower Court in Murrysville).

‘It is definitely a rich, white school culture,’ one parent posted last year on greatschools.org. ‘The only way to fit in is that you live in a huge house and make over $250,000,’ posted another student.

Yet there are signs that the affluent community perhaps didn’t necessarily take too well to Alex Hribal who although described as shy, clever and coming from a  good family was a little bit of center.

Told student Morgan Ritchey, who took 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.’

Adds the nypost: A motive hasn’t been determined, but several students said Hribal was constantly bullied — and police are investigating a threatening phone call between the suspect and a classmate on Tuesday night.

“I’m going to f— you up,” freshman Hope Demont told the Post Gazette of what the suspect allegedly warned.

Bullying was rampant in the school, according to previous postings by parents and students in online reviews.

Posted one individual on an online board: “Don’t let your kids deal with the rich kids they will harass them till they can’t take it no more.”

Offered a neighbor of the Hribals, Lori Renda: ‘They’re a very nice family,’

‘They have two boys, Alex and Ryan,’

‘I’ve seen him playing hockey,’

‘He always says hello when you say hi to him.’

‘It’s very sad. There are a lot of people crying.’

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A google image of the street where Alex Hribal leaved in the affluent cul-de-sac neighborhood of Sunflower Court in Murrysville, PA.

Nevertheless despite the assertions of rampant bullying, Alex Hribal’s lawyer, Patrick Thomassey said he’s unaware of any signs of Hribal’s being bullied, adding that the teen’s parents are shocked and horrified.

‘They could not have predicted that this was going to happen,‘ he said. ‘They don’t understand how this occurred.’

Told Patrick Thomassey via The Daily Mail: ‘He’s a typical young kid. He’s a B+ student. The family is like Ozzie and Harriet. They have dinner together every night,’ 

‘All the students liked him. He wasn’t a loner. 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.’

Offered another student, Jake who was Alex Hribal’ lab partner in biology via huffpo: ‘From what I saw, he was not bullied,’

‘He talked to me and a couple other people, but he was really quiet around other people. He’s really smart.’

Reiterated Thomassey by way of cnn: ‘They (his parents) offer their condolences to everybody involved in this case. They’re very upset. They did not foresee this coming at all,’

‘This is a nice young man. He’s never been in trouble.’

In the interim authorities have begun to search the Hribal’s house in the hopes of gathering more clues whilst the Hribal family have declined to offer any public comments on the case.

And then there was this comment on the web that made me wonder:

Snipe & bicker all you want, but the Inferno of confusion in this kid’s head did not appear overnight.

It took years to build up to this frenzy.

And if the parents had real communication with their kid, they’d have gotten him a shrink.

Just another set of parents, out of touch with their kid.

No mental health care, no communication, and then…BOOM!



  1. My heart goes out to the Hribal family. I pray for Alex and you everyday, and for justice for him.
    If Alex was bullied, these m’f’ing bullies will pay. Have fun kids. Karma. It’s gonna get you.

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  4. I agree with Robert. It is very probable that this young man was teased, bullied, or felt insignificant for whatever reasons. But there are so many possibilities that could help explain this young mans actions. The one thing that is standing out in my mind at the moment is that I read that he seemed dazed. When I read that it brought back memories of my own, some distant and some not so distant. I was like this boy. Very shy, always at the back of the room, didn’t speak to others often, and pretty much kept to myself. I was never comfortable around large groups of people. I’m still not and that’s just me. I have never been a violent person but I have done some very stupid things while in a daze. The reason, I learned years later, was due to sleeping disorders, one in particular that I’ve had since birth… I can’t help but wonder what’s going on with this kid and if there is a possible medical explanation that could be a contributing factor to his actions that day.

  5. Reports are now surfacing that Alex Hribal was indeed bullied. Apparently last week some kids at school held him down and urinated on him and burned his belongings. Reportedly the bullying was constant and the level of it built up to the incident last week. I’m not justifying what he did but I can’t imagine the humiliation of being urinated on and having my belongings destroyed. I am curious to see in the end if those who were involved in the bullying will be charged with anything.

    FB post referencing the bullying: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152118079118822&set=a.311563208821.144736.59344923821&type=1&reply_comment_id=11174906&total_comments=7

  6. Whether all students were aware of it, it is highly probable that Hribal was teased or bullied or had reason to feel marginalized, as that is a common denominator in every school rampage event, coupled with some kind of underlying psychological vulnerability (often below the diagnostic threshold).

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