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The Franklin-Regional High School Student accused of stabbing 20 students and one security officer will be undergoing a mental health evaluation. 

Sixteen-year-old Alex Hribal will be examined by Dr. Bruce A. Wright, a doctor hired by the prosecution, in connection with a request by defense attorney Patrick Thomassey to move Hribal from the Regional Youth Services Center in Hempfield to Adelphoi Village in Derry Township.  Thomassey says that Hribal’s mental health has deteriorated since going into the juvenile detention center, and he cannot get the help he needs there.  The exam was approved in a signed court order by Westmoreland County Judge Richard McCormick, Jr.

District Attorney John Peck said that an evaluation was needed in order for the request to move Hribal to even be considered.  While Hribal has been at the juvenile center, he is being tried as an adult on 21 counts each of attempted murder and aggravated assault along with a single count of possessing a prohibited weapon on school grounds.  Prosecutors have not disclosed a motive for the stabbings, but police did find a handwritten note in Hribal’s locker dated three days before the attack talking about his dissatisfaction with school and society and his plans to hurt his classmates.

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