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"I am stunned by the senseless tragedy at Franklin Regional High School. Our schools should be places where children can learn and grow without fear of violence. I am inspired by the bravery of the school personnel and students, and I am grateful for the heroic work of the first responders, emergency and medical personnel who cared for those injured. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and the entire Franklin Regional School District."

-- U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa.

"Violence has no place in our schools, and we are all saddened and disturbed when our students and educators are victims and witnesses to it. Our members send their prayers and compassion in support of the Franklin Regional families impacted by the senseless violence that occurred there today."

-- Michael Crossey, president of the Pennsylvania State Education Association

"We'll get through this."

--State Rep. Eli Evankovich, R-Murrysville

"I was shocked and saddened upon learning of the events that occurred this morning as students arrived at Franklin Regional High School. As a parent and grandparent, I can think of nothing more distressing than senseless violence against children. My heart and prayers go out to all the victims and their families.

I have directed the Pennsylvania State Police to assist local law enforcement in its investigation in any way possible. Other state resources will be made available to the community, if needed. I assure the citizens of Murrysville that they have the full support of my administration."

-- Gov. Tom Corbett

"We are saddened by today's stabbings at Franklin Regional High School. Our thoughts go out to the injured students and staff, and their families, the other students and teachers at the school, and the Murrysville community at large. Tragedies that strike communities -- whether it's an inner city school or in a suburban school in a quiet town -- impact us all. When we send our children to school each day, we expect them to return home safely. Staff and students at every school deserve to work and learn in a safe environment. We will do everything in our power to assist and support the students, school staff, and community of Murrysville in this unsettling time."

-- U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan

"My thoughts and prayers go out to Franklin Regional High School in Pittsburgh today where ... innocent kids were stabbed ... several critical condition. Such a senseless act of violence. Let's keep these kids and all the families at this school in our prayers."

-- Hines Ward, retired Steelers wide receiver

"Prayers for those who were involved in the Franklin Regional HS incident. Such sad news."

-- Andrew McCutchen, Pirates outfielder

My prayers and those of the people of the Diocese of Greensburg are with the victims of this morning's senseless act of violence at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville. We also pray for the victims' families and friends, for all the people in the school district, and for the community at large. We all suffer when violence shatters lives.

We pray for peace in our homes, our schools, our workplaces and our world.

In this penitential season of Lent, we also ask for God's mercy on the person responsible for this act.

May God hear our prayers, protect our children, and bring strength, peace and hope to all affected by this tragedy."

-- Greensburg Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt

"Working with thousands of youth across the country, our hearts and prayers are with the students whose lives were shaken by this incident. Schools should be a safe environment for students to achieve personal and academic growth, and our prayer is that such an environment is preserved for the young men and women and their teachers."

-- Bilal Rana, national president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association

"While we don't know all of the details at this point, what we do know is that these incidents are rarely spontaneous and in fact have been developing over a long period of time, offering many opportunities to intervene in a mental health crisis situation. We know if we identify kids, get to them early, help them with medication and counseling, it can make a world of difference. But there is a severe shortage of outpatient and inpatient treatment options for these children, which is why we need to pass the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act.

"Our hearts go out to the students of Franklin Regional High School and the families of the entire school district. They are in our prayers tonight."

-- U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Upper St. Clair

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the students at Franklin Regional High School and their families."

-- Pittsburgh Penguins


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