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20,000 Pennsylvania Mail-In Ballots have “Impossible” Return Dates

Reports of Election Fraud across Pennsylvania are staggering, from allegations of people as old as 200 years old voting, to more than 100,000 ballots have return dates that raise questions and 20,000 that have return dates that are impossible.

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GOP-led Pa. House Passes Bill to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Pennsylvania’s Republican-led House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 3 on Wednesday by a vote of 149-43. If it becomes law, the legislation would legalize medical marijuana in the state.

According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, leaders in the state’s GOP-led Senate have said that the bill is expected to pass the Senate as well.

I applaud the Pennsylvania House for passing legislation to legalize medical marijuana, and I look forward to the Senate sending the bill to my desk. We will finally provide the essential help needed by patients suffering from seizures, cancer, and other illnesses,” said Democratic Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf in a statement cited by FOX 43.

[RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: Cannabis Oil Activist Shona Banda, Now Facing Felony Charges, Speaks Out]

Debating in favor of the bill, Rep. Jeff Pyle (R-Armstrong), a cancer survivor, said, “We have a chance today to improve the lives of kids – and old people like me.

Fox News notes that Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga) argued against the bill, saying, “I can not remember the last time a body voted on a bill in direct violation of federal law.

The bill would allow the use of cannabis in oil, pill, or ointment form, but would not legalize smoking. Up to 25 growers would be permitted across the state, and licenses would be issued to up to 50 dispensaries, each of which being allowed to serve patients at up to 3 locations.

The Daily Chronic published a list of medical conditions, seen below, that would qualify a patient to obtain a medical marijuana card under the legislation. The law would require patients to renew their cards annually.


Put aside philosophy, put aside agendas, and think for a moment of giving a moment of relief to the afflicted,” said Rep. Michael O’Brien (D-Philadelphia).

In September of 2014, Ben Swann released a Truth in Media episode tackling the federal government’s mixed messages on medical cannabis. Watch it in the below-embedded video player.


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To Get Her Daughter the Treatment She Needs, A Mother Fights to Legalize Medical Cannabis

By Kathryn Bullington – Lolly Bentch-Myers is a mother of three and full-time activist with Pennsylvania’s Campaign4Compassion. Her daughter, Anna, has Mesial Temporal Sclerosis, a brain condition that causes intractable epilepsy, insomnia, and autism. There are not many options for kids like Anna, or moms like Lolly.

Lolly has been entrenched in a battle with the Pennsylvania legislature to gain legal access to medical cannabis for Anna, and others who can benefit from medical cannabis.

A June 2015 Franklin and Marshall poll showed that 87% of PA residents approve of medical marijuana. Another poll of PA physicians by the North East Journal of Medicine showed 96% of surveyed Pennsylvania doctors support cannabinoid options for their patients.

If the 87% of citizens and the physicians who support this bill would contact their representatives, this bill would pass.

With all of this support, why can’t the legislation pass?

Lolly said the problem getting this legislation through largely falls on apathetic citizens.

“Our house is broken.” she says, “If the 87% of citizens and the physicians who support this bill would contact their representatives, this bill would pass.”

In the meantime, Lolly and other parents and patients in Campaign4Compassion are doing the hard work of lobbying government, and the people.

She started her journey doing research and writing her legislators, encouraging them to support medical marijuana bills. A letter she got back from one representative quipped, “Sorry, but I don’t condone 5 year olds smoking pot.” Bentch-Myers was discouraged, but she says, after the Sanjay Gupta documentary on CNN, she thought she might get more traction.

Shortly after seeing the documentary Lolly saw another mom talking about medical marijuana on the news. She made contact and began her journey as an activist with other concerned parents and patients.

“We really are a close knit community,” she said. “Some people think this is about getting high, but that is not the case. This is about getting well.”

Lolly said a key to her successes has been kindness, and building broad bipartisan support.

“It is crucial in Pennsylvania to have a large network of support from the Republican Party,” she explained.

About half of the sponsors of Senate Bill 3 are Republicans. Legislation passed the state Senate overwhelmingly in the summer of 2015, with a 40-7 vote. It then moved to the House where Speaker Mike Turzai (R) placed the bill in the Health Committee. The bill then stalled, as Health Committee Chair Matt Baker (R) flatly refused to bring the bill up for a vote, saying if passed, the bill would do more harm than good.

Baker’s actions were arguably predictable, as he said himself:

“I’ve had marijuana bills in my committee for years, and I’ve never moved them. This should come as no surprise to anyone.”

To Baker, it is not a matter of what the people want, but of what is right. He told the Morning Call, “Chairmen have a higher level of responsibility to make decisions on which bills are meritorious and ready to be voted upon.”

Baker made it clear that he would not circumvent Federal or FDA approval of medical marijuana by allowing his state to make a vote on the issue. Voting on the issue, he said, would put a medical matter in the hands of legislators. He hinted that others might find a way to bring the vote anyway.
That is exactly what happened.

Lolly explained the emotional legislative relay that ended with the de facto death of PA Senate Bill 3:

Nick Miccarelli (R) filed a discharge resolution to get SB 3 out of Baker’s committee and to the floor for a vote. As Miccarelli was ready to be called to follow through with his discharge, Baker moved to adjourn the session, and called a Healthcare Committee meeting. Baker’s committee then voted to move SB 3 to the Rules Committee, effectively killing Miccarelli’s discharge resolution.

At least the bill was out of Baker’s hands. Supporters had a bit of hope. The Rules Committee, headed by Dave Reed (R), put together what Lolly described as “a class act bipartisan group who takes their job seriously” to study the issue and draft a new bill, or amendments.

Lolly said the group compiled “fantastic” recommendations, including a minimum of 25 growers, and an expanded conditions list. Unfortunately, none of the recommendations made it out of the Rules Committee, and after Speaker Truzai had an emotional breakdown, and walked out of a closed Republican caucus meeting on the bill, 197 amendments were piled onto SB 3.

Lolly fears that because of the unwieldy number of amendments on SB 3, the only way forward now was to craft a new bill, but Peter Schweyer (D), a member of the Rules Committee working group, told the Morning Call that the majority of the house supports the bill:

[quote_box_center]“There is a segment of the Republican caucus who will do everything to kill it, including Chairman Baker. But I also know a majority of House members support this, including a number of Republicans.

I think all of us put way too much time and energy into this to let it go away.”[/quote_box_center]

Lolly echoed Schweyer. She said, despite the barriers, most of the legislature has been a joy to work with, and, “I am very persistent. I am not going to quit. I have invested too much time to give up.”

She is looking forward to seeing this through so she can have the health care she needs for Anna, and spend less time as an activist and more time with her three kids.

Other citizens can help her and her cause, she says, by refusing to sign ballot petitions for legislators, unless they agree to support medical cannabis; visiting the Campaign4Compassion website to request a speaker for Rotaries and civic events, and calling the House of Representatives to voice their support.



This article was republished with permission from IVN.

Pennsylvania Man Seeks to Marry Adopted Son

PENNSYLVANIA, November 6, 2015– Retired teacher Nino Esposito and Roland “Drew” Bosee, a retired freelance writer, have been a couple for over forty years. Since the Supreme Court delivered an opinion stating that state law could not prevent homosexual couples from marrying one another, Esposito and Bosee have wanted to wed.

However, unlike some homosexual couples, they have hit a snag. While the two are unrelated to each other, Bosee is actually the adopted son of Esposito, which has caused a predicament preventing the two from marrying one another.

The couple says that Esposito adopted Bosee as his son in 2012 because it was the only way for the two to have a legalized family structure.

Esposito, 78, said to CNN in a telephone interview that “we never thought we’d see the day” that same-sex marriage would be legal in Pennsylvania.

Bosee, 68, said the adoption “gave us the most legitimate thing available to us” at the time.

The ACLU of Pennsylvania, a group supporting the couple, says Esposito and Bosee are not alone in this situation. The ACLU says it is aware of many couples in states across the U.S. that lawfully utilized adoption laws to safeguard their relationships.

Esposito and Bosee claim that they knew of other couples in Pennsylvania who were able to annul adoptions in order to get married.

Now, Esposito and Bosee are trying to nullify the adoption so they can get married. However, Judge Lawrence J. O’Toole rejected their request and said that his ability to annul adoptions is mostly narrowed to cases of fraud.

O’Toole said he was “sensitive to the situation” and sought direction from higher courts. However, he added that despite the fact Esposito and Bosee want to get married, “they cannot do so because they are legally father and son.”

“This Court welcomes direction from our appellate courts in handling parallel cases,” O’Toole wrote.

The ACLU defended O’Toole’s ruling and agreed with his request for higher courts to step in and provide guidance.

“We don’t believe the Pennsylvania judge who refused to annul this adoption was unsympathetic,” said Witold Walczak, the Legal Director of the ACLU Pennsylvania, “he simply felt that the legal path to doing so should be forged by an appellate court.”

United States Sen. Bob Casey (D-Penn.), in a letter Monday to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, asked that the Justice Department weigh in on the side of Esposito and Bosee.

“LGBT couples should have the right to obtain a marriage license, no matter the state or jurisdiction in which they reside,” Casey wrote. “In adoption cases such as these, the law has changed dramatically since the adoptions were first carried out.”

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15 Towns in New York’s Southern Tier Reportedly Considering Secession

Economic desolation has consumed New York’s Southern Tier region, which traces the New York-Pennsylvania border, and some locals are blaming the New York state government for their woes. According to WBNG-TV, the Upstate New York Towns Association, which represents the interests of towns in the area, is researching whether it would be possible or prudent for fifteen towns located in the counties of Broome, Sullivan, Delaware, and Tioga to secede from New York and join Pennsylvania. The Upstate New York Towns Association has declined to name which towns have expressed interest in secession.

A statement released by the organization read, “On December 17, 2014, when it was announced that high volume hydraulic fracturing would be banned in New York State and there would be no casino license in the ‘true’ Southern Tier, a supervisor, whose town is a member of the Association, told a reporter from the Wall Street Journal that we should all secede… That supervisor discussed the idea of seceding to Pennsylvania with the Association. The Association began comparing taxes in New York with taxes in Pennsylvania and comparing the cost of doing business in New York with the cost of doing business in Pennsylvania. The Association also is studying whether or not decisions made in Albany are disproportionately benefiting Downstate.”

At issue are high taxes and bans on fracking and casinos, which some residents feel are crushing the local economy. Conklin, NY town supervisor Jim Finch (R) told WBNG-TV, “The Southern Tier is desolate. We have no jobs and no income. The richest resource we have is in the ground… We’re comparing the taxes in Pennsylvania compared to those in New York. There’s a great, great difference. Right now, we are being deprived of work, jobs and incomes.”

Bradford County, PA Commissioner Doug McLinko (R) said that he feels the pain of New Yorkers who want to jump ship and join up with Pennsylvania. Said McLinko in the above-embedded video coverage by Newswatch 16, “They look across the border and see our farms prospering, staying intact. They’re not being subdivided. They see our county cut taxes, eliminated debt.”

New York Senate Deputy Majority Coalition Leader Tom Libous (R) recently made news when he issued a pocketbook survey to his constituents asking them if they would support allowing some of the affected towns to secede from New York. Though the fifteen towns looking at secession have not yet identified themselves, Libous’ pocketbook survey specifically named Conklin and Kirkwood as two of the possible towns. The Upstate New York Towns Association says that the plan for fifteen towns to secede from New York and join Pennsylvania would have to be approved by the Pennsylvania and New York state legislatures, as well as the federal government. Conklin town supervisor Jim Finch called the possibility that the plan might work “far fetched” in comments to The Huffington Post. The Upstate New York Towns Association said it is conducting a study and will decide whether to go forward with secession after considering the merits and potential complications involved with the transition.

Though attempts at secession from New York have been tried many times before, most have failed, and the last successful effort took place in the 1790s when Vermont seceded from the state.

Eric Frein wanted a ‘revolution’ and was upset with the government

A new document obtained by the court in the Eric Frein shooting case in Pennsylvania, shows Frein was distraught by the direction he thought the US was heading and wanted to “wake people up” by ambushing state troopers outside of their barracks.

“Our nation is far from what it was and what it should be,” Frein allegedly wrote in a letter addressed to his parents.  “There is so much wrong and on so many levels only passing through the crucible of another revolution can get us back the liberties we once had. I do not pretend to know what that revolution will look like or even if it would be successful.”

The night Frein was arrested, he waived his right to remain silent and told officers, according to the Talking Points Memo, he “wanted to make a change  (in government) and that voting was inefficient to do so, because there was no one worth voting for.”

Frein does not talk about what he planned on doing in the letter, but the letter indicates he believed he might die because, as the letter reads, he “knows the odds.”

The letter was found on a portable storage drive within the hangar Frein was using as a shelter while he was on the run.  The file was created last December meaning Frein was potentially planning the shooting for at least nine months.

Frein is already being charged with first-degree murder for the killing of Cpl. Bryon Dickson, but with this new document submitted as evidence, he is also being charged with two counts of terrorism, according to the LA Times.  The one count is for attempting to influence the policy of the government through intimidation and/or coercion, while the other is for trying to affect the conduct of the government.

The prosecution has already said they are seeking the death penalty for Frein.  He is currently held without bond, and Frein’s next court date is Dec. 9.

Eric Frein ‘will face justice’: death penalty will be sought

A seven week manhunt ended Thursday night with the capture of Eric Frein, a survivalist, who allegedly killed a Pennsylvania state trooper, and prosecutors for the case say they will seek the death penalty.

Frein, 31, was lead to the Pike County courthouse Friday amidst jeers and heckles from county locals who came out to see the man at the center of the manhunt which began on Sept. 12.

On that date, Frein supposedly used a high-powered rifle to kill Cpl. Bry0n Dickson, 38, and wound Trooper Alex Douglass, 31, outside of the Blooming Grove state police barracks.

State police began to scour the forests in the area in search of Frein after they had found an abandoned vehicle nearby, registered to Frein, with shell casings matching those found at the barracks.  FOX News reports the vehicle also contained camouflage face paint, two empty rifle casings, and various military-style gear.

When searching the forests, police found a journal allegedly belonging to Frein which described the shooting of the two officers.  Police also found campsites supposedly used by Frein and booby trapped pipe bombs in the woods.

US Marshals were used in the manhunt, and it was the Marshals who saw Frein, unarmed, in an overgrown field near an abandoned hangar Thursday.  This led to a sweep of the area, which yielded Frein without incident.

State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan, gave a statement late Thursday at a press conference after the capture, saying, “He did not just give up because he was tired… He gave up because he was caught.”

Many in the community, including the families of Dickson and Douglass have expressed relief at the capture of Frein.

The charges against Frein are widespread and include, according to USA Today, first-degree murder, homicide of a police officer, and possession of weapons of mass destruction.  He is being held without bail and his preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 12.

Gun groups can now sue municipalities in Pennsylvania over gun laws

A bill has passed in Pennsylvania which would allow gun groups to sue their local governments for passing gun control laws which the groups find to infringe on their rights and citizen’s rights to bear arms, and many lawmakers in the state are upset.

The bill was passed through the state’s legislature Tuesday by a vote of 138-56.  The legislation came about after the NRA felt the city of Philadelphia had more restrictive gun laws than were allowed by the state of Pennsylvania.  While most city gun ordinances were repelled, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, laws requiring individuals to report lost or stolen guns were upheld.

Pennsylvania state law actually explicitly makes it illegal for localities within the state to make their own gun laws.

According to the state’s Uniform Firearms Act, counties, municipalities, and townships do not have the authority or right to “regulate the lawful ownership, possession, transfer or transportation of firearms, ammunition or ammunition components when carried or transported for purposes not prohibited by the laws of this Commonwealth.”

Amendment sponsor, Sen. Rich Alloway (R), said in a statement, “This is a good bill, the right bill for Pennsylvania, to protect the Second Amendment and the rights of law-abiding citizens of Pennsylvania… This is about individual rights.”

While gun advocates in the state are happy with the law, many gun control supporters are upset.

Senator Larry Farnese (D) told reporters the whole bill and situation was a “mess.”

It is unprecedented in Pennsylvania jurisprudence … and across the nation,” Farnese said.  “We’re making history tonight. We are conferring rights and privileges to citizens of the United States to an association.”

Others who are opposed to the bill say it would drain the state’s economy with frivolous lawsuits.  Democratic Sen. Daylin Leach said, according to Philly News, “If you are a resident of Forest County and you don’t like the Norristown gun law…you could hire Johnnie Cochran and bill a township $100,000 an hour or whatever he charges to win the case.”

The bill will begin to take effect late in December.

PA Legislator Opens Fire During Alleged Attempted Robbery

Harrisburg, PA- Pennsylvania state representative Marty Flynn (D-Lackawanna) pulled a gun on teenagers that he said were attempting to rob him and his colleague, fellow state representative Ryan Bizzarro (D-Erie), late Tuesday night.

The two representatives were walking home after dinner at around 11 p.m. when Flynn said two teens approached them, one carrying a gun. The teens then ordered the legislators to surrender their wallets.

Flynn recounted that he initially told the teens that he didn’t have any money, and he noted to himself that the alleged assailants looked quite young. Flynn said that once he realized one of them was holding out a gun, he attempted to covertly retrieve his pistol that he was carrying concealed.

Flynn said that he heard a voice across the street shouting “he’s got something on him!” as he was reaching for his gun. He stopped reaching and put his hands up, and he said the teen then pointed his weapon at Bizzarro, who had started fumbling through his pockets. “So at that moment, I’m like, I pulled the gun and at that moment he saw that I pulled a gun.”

“He shot at Bizzarro, I shot at him, I shot at him again, it was just like a blur to me,” Flynn continued. “It happened so quick. And I ran, Bizzarro ran, I remember he like dove towards, there’s a telephone pole there, towards the pole, and then they ran that way and we ran this way.” No one was shot in the incident.

Flynn said he stayed near the scene of the altercation for a few seconds before heading home to call 911. The alleged gunman was later found and identified by police as 15-year-old Zha-quan McGhee. Police said McGhee will face attempted homicide charges, as well as charges for aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a minor. Three alleged accomplices were also identified: Jamani Ellison, 17, Derek Anderson, 17, and Jyair Leonard, 15. They will be charged with conspiracy, robbery, and violating curfew. All four suspects will be charged as adults, according to police.

Harrisburg chief of police Thomas Carter said that the teens allegedly involved in the incident with Flynn and Bizzarro were also involved in a robbery Monday night in front of the Capitol. According to Pennsylvania state representative and House Republican Campaign Committee chairman Dave Reed (R-Indiana), three Committee members were victimized.

Pennsylvania legislators discussed carrying weapons with them in the aftermath of the two incidents near the Capitol. Senator Rich Alloway (R-Adams) said that he is worried about Harrisburg’s safety. “I have to tell you, I do not carry a firearm, but I’m going to. I’m actually going to go get a permit and I’m going to start carrying. This is crazy what’s going on,” said Alloway.

Representative Mauree Gingrich (R-Lebanon) echoed similar concern. “As a female legislator, we have many meetings after session. Having been in the Capitol all day, a lot of those discussions take place in a nearby restaurant or some place where you can relax,” said Gingrich. “Coming back to the Capitol after dark is definitely a little uncomfortable.”

Senator Matt Smith (D-Mt. Lebanon) disagreed, saying that violence can happen anywhere. “I feel perfectly safe here,” Smith said.

Exclusive UPDATE: Mother of Special Ed. Bullied Teen Speaks Out as They Battle Court Conviction


For the first time, since her teen son was convicted of disorderly conduct for recording bullies in his classroom, Shea Love, the mother of that student, is speaking out.

Benswann.com is the first media outlet in the country to reveal that student to you, after he was bullied at South Fayette High School in McDonald, Pennsylvania and then punished for speaking up.

Christian Aaron True Stanfield, a sophomore, claims to have been bullied for months in his first year at South Fayette High School. On February 11, he made an audio recording of one bullying incident during his special education math class. Stanfield used his school approved iPad to make a seven-minute audio recording of the incident. Instead of questioning the students whose voices were recorded, school administrators threatened to charge him with felony wiretapping. Our original story was first reported here, where we have detailed that bullying incident.

“Christian chose the most responsible route possible for a student who felt he had no power and no voice in order to change the negative environment that he was forced to be in every day. If we are ever going to change the culture of violence in our schools, we need to look at Christian’s actions not criminally, but rather as a profound cultural step in the right direction for kids who don’t feel they are being heard,” says Christian’s mother Shea Love.

As we reported, Christian’s actions were treated criminally, however, after his mother contacted the school. Shea listened to the recording before contacting administrators. The recording included repeated abusive and vulgar language from students as Christian was receiving help from a math teacher. After Christian’s mother heard it, she called the school at 8:00 a.m. on February 12 and spoke with Dean of Students Joseph Silhanek. Principal Milburn immediately consulted with the school’s attorney on the matter before calling the police. When Shea Love arrived at the school at approximately 10:20 a.m., she found her 15-year-old son visibly distraught in a wooden chair in the middle of the room, surrounded by school administrators and the police. She was advised over the phone at 10:00 a.m. that her son had committed a crime and was being questioned.

“Christian had the courage to be vulnerable as a whistleblower in order to create change where it was desperately needed. The school’s zero tolerance response (to electronics use) is the very type of action that creates the dangerous situations we have in our school today. Some of our children are choosing anger and deadly outbursts in order to be heard,”
said Shea Love.

Instead of punishing the bullying students who were recorded on his iPad, it was Christian who served a Saturday detention for making the recording. Then, he was required to appear in front of a magistrate judge on charges of disorderly conduct. Stanfield’s mother said the school’s attorney was present at the March trial but refused to state his entire name to the court reporter. “When she asked him about his identity, he said that he was not involved,” Love said. “The court reporter asked him for his name and he just barked that his name was Wolfe.”

During the hearing, Lt. Robert Kurta testified that he consulted with the Allegheny District Attorney’s office before following up on the case, saying, “I made the decision to file a citation, summary citation, locally to be heard by our magistrate because I believe that he (Stanfield) committed a crime and that there should be some — he should in some way answer for it.”

Originally, Lt. Kurta indicated that Christian could be charged with a wiretapping felony. For clarification, law enforcement officers do not have the authority to charge anyone with a crime. When asked why the wiretapping charge was not officially made, Kurta testified, “That violation is a felony, and had I filed a felony charge against your client, and had he been adjudicated delinquent through juvenile court, that’s a record…”

On Wednesday, March 19, District Judge Maureen McGraw-Desmet opened the trial by stating that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania was charging Christian Stanfield with disorderly conduct. The accused never entered a plea, but McGraw-Desmet found him guilty and ordered that he pay a fine.

“Christian’s willingness to advocate in a non-violent manner should be championed as a turning point. If Mr. Milburn and the South Fayette school district really want to do the right thing, they would recognize that their zero-tolerance policies and overemphasis on academics and athletics have practically eliminated social and emotional functioning from school culture. They should make it a top priority to use this incident as a catalyst for social and emotional change in the district and pioneer the way for other districts to follow.

“Mr. Milburn, will you stand by Christian’s side in court April 29 or will you still be looking down at him from the other side?” asked Shea Love.

Christian Stanfield is preparing a statement of his own to give on April 29, the day of his appeal hearing. Ben Swann will have the exclusive story.

Pennsylvania School Stabbing: Suspect Arrested, Charged With Attempted Murder

Murrysville, PA-  A student at Franklin Regional High School has been identified as the alleged attacker in Wednesday’s early morning stabbing rampage that injured more than 20 people.

16-year-old Alex Hribal, a sophomore, has been charged with several counts of attempted homicide and aggravated assault. He was arrested after being accosted by the assistant principal following the attack and was taken into custody.

The stabbing occurred in a very short time period. Hribal allegedly began his abrupt assault on fellow students in a science classroom just after 7 am, before classes were starting. Several witnesses recall similar accounts of quickly discovering that a violent individual was storming through the school with two 8-inch knives.

Junior Gracey Evans was in a hallway when she heard someone talking about blood. “I saw this kid in all black running down the hallway, stabbing. He was just stabbing everybody that was in his way.” After a fire alarm was pulled, students began fleeing the school. It’s estimated that Hibral was running rampant for about 5 minutes before he was apprehended.

It remains unknown why Hribal went on a stabbing spree, and an investigation has been launched to find a motive. He has been Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck said in court that when Hribal was apprehended by officials, he expressed a suicidal disposition.

Hribal’s defense attorney, Patrick Thomassey, described the teenager as a “typical kid” whose parents have had an active presence in his life. “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,” said Thomassey. The consensus of students interviewed was that he had never been violent or irrational before this incident.

Hribal is currently being held without bail and will be charged as an adult, although Thomassey is seeking to move the case to juvenile court. He said Hibral’s parents are horrified. “(His parents) offer their condolences to everybody involved in this case. They’re very upset. They did not foresee this coming at all,” said Thomassey.


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Breaking: Massive Stabbing At Pennsylvania High School Leaves 20 Injured


Murrysville, PA– A 16-year-old high school student is in police custody after violently stabbing at least 20 students at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, outside of Pittsburgh.

The stabbing occurred at approximately 7 a.m. EST Wednesday morning before classes were scheduled to begin. Witnesses say that the student was brandishing two knives and walked from classroom to classroom stabbing other students with both knives. “I saw a girl with blood running out of her sleeve,” said Zak Amsler, a junior. “It was pretty mind-blowing.”

Eight people, seven students and one adult, were transported to Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville to be treated for serious injuries. Hospital spokesman Jesse Miller said that all eight were in critical condition.

The high school was evacuated and students were rushed to a nearby middle school, and elementary school classes were cancelled. Investigation is currently ongoing.

School Strip Searches Girl, Claims She Has No Constitutional Rights


The Milton Hershey School in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania ordered a young female student to take her shirt off. Administrators apparently conducted the strip-search because they thought the student was attempting to conceal a cell phone under her clothing–such devices are banned at the school. The girl’s mother claimed that school officials said they have every right to do this, since students do “not have Constitutional rights” in a private school.

The mother, Trina Howze, is now suing the school. Her court complaint, which named the daughter as “C.W.,” asserted that school officials “touched C.W. all over her body – including her chest – feeling for a smartphone… After the strip search, C.W., feeling violated, was visibly upset, crying and shaken.”

No phone was ultimately found on C.W.

When Howze complained to the school, they defended their actions and reportedly told her that C.W. “does not have constitutional rights because she is in a private school.” Howze claimed that she then called officers at the Derry County Police Department, who told her nothing could be done about the situation. “It is what it is, Ms. Howze,” they allegedly said.

Howze is seeking $75,000 in damages from the school, which describes itself as a “cost-free, private, coeducational home and school for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students from the families of low income, limited resources and social need operating in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”

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