Police chief pens emotional message after high school stabbing

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Brimfield, Ohio, Police Chief David Oliver’s emotional message about compassion and respect in the wake of a high school stabbing in Pennsylvania drew support from hundreds of thousands. (Photo: FOX8 Cleveland)

BRIMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio (PIX11/CNN) — An Ohio police chief’s emotional message about this week’s stabbing rampage at a Pennsylvania high school has struck a chord with hundreds of thousands of followers.

Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver posted the 271-word missive on his department’s Facebook page on Wednesday, shortly after a 16-year-old allegedly wielding two kitchen knives slashed his way through a crowded hallway at Franklin Regional Senior High School in suburban Pittsburgh.

“Until we, as adults, learn to stop being angry, insulting each other and picking fights every chance we get, how in heck can we expect our kids to behave any differently?” Oliver wrote, in part.

He went on to criticize those online whose comments tried to politicize the tragedy.

At least 20 students and a security guard were hurt in the attack, some of the critically.

Hribal, who his attorney said may have been bullied in school, is being held without bail at the Westmoreland County juvenile detention center. He was treated for injuries to his hands, police said.

The students who were hurt range in age from 14 to 17, an emergency coordinator said. The injuries were stabbing-related, such as lacerations or punctures.

Read the police chief’s entire message, below:

Good Afternoon,

A little while ago, I posted about the tragic stabbings of students at a high school in Pennsylvania. We post info like that incident (and also officers being killed) as a notice for mourning and reflection. Soon after, the insults and innuendos started, with words like “conservative” “liberal,” “it wasn’t a gun” and “arm the teachers.” Here is some unsolicited advice. Do with it what you will. If it does not apply to you, then ignore it.

Until we, as adults, learn to stop being angry, insulting each other and picking fights every chance we get, how in heck can we expect our kids to behave any differently? I guarantee, if you are an Internet troll, generally angry and surly and by all appearances hate the human race, the children around you will act no better than what you are modeling. We have to be the examples for those who are still growing.

If you want another opinion, here you go. Until adults start leading and acting like adults, we are just spinning our wheels. There is no perfect political party, no perfect way to peel a banana, and no perfect person. Adults insulting each other and cramming political views in our ears in a constant barrage of “the world is ending,” is only making the kids in our society more stressed and angry.

In a case like this awful stabbing incident at a HIGH SCHOOL….pipe down and let the people mourn. Be there for them, but be quiet unless there is something helpful to say.

My apologies for being direct. It’s sort of my thing.

Carry on….Chief Oliver.