President Obama on Thursday called the principal of Franklin Regional Senior High School, the site of a knife attack Wednesday morning that left nearly two dozen people injured.
The White House said Mr. Obama phoned principal Ron Suvak “to express his deepest sympathies for the senseless act that took place on campus yesterday,” and also expressed gratitude for the “heroic actions by students, faculty and staff.”
An assistant principal reportedly tackled the suspect, 16-year-old Alex Hribal, and disarmed him before he could inflict more harm.
Hribal faces four counts of attempted homicide, 21 counts of aggravated assault and other charges.
Mr. Suvak told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the president also wished the injured students a quick recovery.
“He said their continued thoughts are with the students who are still recovering from their injuries. He wishes them all a full and complete recovery,” Mr. Suvak said.
Moving forward, Mr. Obama also pledged the full resources of the federal government to assist in any way possible.
The president made the call aboard Air Force One as he returned to Washington from a two-day stay in Texas. On Friday, Mr. Obama will travel to New York City and deliver the keynote address at the annual National Action Network conference.