Former Franklin Regional student files suit over Hribal knife attack

A man injured during a student’s knife-wielding rampage through Franklin Regional High School has filed a lawsuit that includes the school district.

Gregory Keener was 15 when Alex Hribal came to school armed with two knives in April 2014 and ran down school hallways slashing at random. Keener was among the 20 people injured in the incident that drew national attention.

"It was 40 minutes from the time he was stabbed to the time he was on the operating table, and they were surprised he survived," said Keener's attorney, Jesse Drumm.

Keener lost half the function in his liver and permanently lost function in his gall bladder.


Keener’s suit names Hribal, his parents, the school district and Capital Asset Protection Inc., which employed security guards at the school at the time.

Keener is now a sophomore at Slippery Rock University, aspiring to be a doctor.

Channel 11 tried to contact Franklin Regional High School and the security company for comment on the lawsuit, but neither responded.