Around 20 reported hurt in mass stabbing at US high school

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A student stabbed or slashed around 20 others on Wednesday at a high school in the US state of Pennsylvania, officials said.

"These are significant injuries," Mr Chris Kaufmann, the trauma medical director at Forbes Regional Hospital, told CNN.

"We had two patients who went immediately to the operating room," Mr Kaufmann said.

The incident at the Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, about 50 miles east of Pittsburgh, began at about 7:15 a.m. local time (7:15 p.m. Singapore time).

Mr Dan Stevens, a spokesman for Westmoreland County emergency management, said the suspect is a male student who has been taken into custody.

Mr Stevens said he was cornered by police officers who rushed to the scene.

His age and identity were not immediately released.

A statement on the website of the Franklin Regional School District said a "critical incident has occurred at the high school."

"All elementary schools are cancelled, the middle school and high school students are secure," the statement said.