Franklin Regional teachers return to work

Franklin Regional Senior High School teachers returned to campus today, five days after the knife attack that injured more than 20 students last week.

A team of students, teachers, administrators and counselors met Friday to plan for the reopening. Students can return to school with their families Tuesday. On Wednesday, the school will resume its normal schedule, the district said in a press release last week.

Student ambassadors will help classmates Tuesday and Wednesday and counseling services will be available throughout the week for students and staff members.

Three students injured in the knife attack remain hospitalized at Forbes Hospital in Monroeville in critical but stable condition.

Jared Boger, the 17-year-old Franklin Regional High School junior who was stabbed through the liver, barely missing heart, remains in critical condition at UPMC Presbyterian after a fourth surgery over the weekend, but his condition is improving. Sophomore student Alex Hribal, 16, was arrested Wednesday and charged as an adult with attempted homicide, aggravated assault and possessing a prohibited weapon on school property.

District Judge Charles Conway ordered Alex held without bail and the teenager has remained in the Westmoreland County juvenile detention center since then.

A psychologist evaluated Alex at the center and early reports indicate that the Murrysville teenager is competent to stand trial, defense attorney Patrick Thomassey said this weekend. Mr. Thomassey said he hopes to use reports taken during the evaluation in attempts to have Alex's case moved to a juvenile court.

Molly Born:, 412-263-1944 or on Twitter @molly_born.

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