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Psychiatric Facilities Refuse Teen Accused of 21 Stabbings, Defy Judge (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Alex Hribal,16, was arrested on April 9 after he allegedly stabbed 21 people at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pa.

A school administrator was able to physically disarm Hribal, who reportedly had two eight-inch kitchen knives.

For months, Hribal has been locked up in a juvenile detention facility, however, last week his lawyers asked Judge Christopher Feliciani to send him to a psychiatric facility, reported CBS Pittsburgh (video below).

Hribal reportedly said that he related to how the 1999 Columbine killers felt bullied in school.

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“He indeed is suffering from mental illness," forensic psychologist Bruce Chambers testified in court last Friday. "His affiliation with the Columbine perpetrators was a way for him to act out this pathology.”

Judge Feliciani ruled that Hribal should be moved to a psychiatric facility.

However, AlterNet reports that eight facilities have refused to admit Hribal because of security concerns, but the real reason may be financial.

"It's a travesty," said Chambers. "The facilities turning him down receive a large part of their revenue from government programs, and make quite a bit of money. But they are so risk-averse that they are not meeting the community's needs."

“He’s wanted help after this happened," Patrick Thomassey, a lawyer for Hiribal, said last Friday. "He realized there’s something askew in his mind, there’s something wrong. I think he wants to figure out why he did it."

Hribal is charged as an adult with 21 counts of attempted murder and aggravated assault, as well as a school weapons violation.

Thomassey wants to move the case to juvenile court, but District Attorney John Peck wants the teen tried in adult court.

Sources: CBS Pittsburgh, AlterNet