Student hailed as hero in Pa. school stabbings takes 'selfie' at hospital

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by KMOV.com staff and Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Updated Thursday, Apr 10 at 6:07 PM

(KMOV) – Pennsylvania teen Nate Scimio is being hailed a hero on social media for apparently pulling the fire alarm after another student allegedly stabbed 20 people at a Pittsburgh-area high school on Wednesday.

A 16-year-old boy “was flashing two knives around” when he injured 19 students and a school police officer who eventually subdued him with the help of an assistant principal at Franklin Regional High School.

According to multiple reports, Scimio pulled the fire alarm after stepping in front of a knife to protect a female classmate.

Scimio later took a “selfie” of the injuries he received during the incident, then posted the picture on Instagram. The post immediately spread across the web, getting more than 2,600 “likes” within four hours.

Meanwhile, of the 18 other students injured, four suffered serious wounds, but all were expected to survive, hospital officials said. The injured officer was discharged.

Click here to see photos of the scene

Murrysville police Chief Thomas Seefeld said the bloody crime scene at Franklin Regional High School, some 15 miles east of Pittsburgh, was “vast” and may take a couple days to process.

Police haven’t named the suspect, who was taken into custody for questioning and later driven from the police station in the back of a cruiser for treatment for a minor hand wound.

Investigators haven’t determined a motive, but Seefeld said they’re looking into reports of a threatening phone call between the suspect and another student the night before. Seefeld didn’t specify whether the suspect reportedly received or made the call.

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