Community Shows Support for Franklin Regional High School

School violence is every parent’s worst nightmare. It comes without warning and wreaks irreparable havoc on the most innocent and vulnerable members of our society. In the aftermath of the April 9th mass stabbing at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, PA, local community leaders have banded together to provide comfort to those impacted by this senseless tragedy while inspiring students, faculty, and family members to conquer their fears and reestablish a sense of normalcy.

Since the stabbing, Franklin Regional has offered counseling for students and instituted some new measures to enhance  the school’s security strategy. One such measure is the implementation of a new backpack rule, which prohibits students from carrying backpacks throughout the school day, unless their bags are clear, allowing for complete visibility of the bag’s contents.

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Dirk Harper, a #1 Cochran team member and parent of a Franklin Regional student, was deeply impacted by last month’s events. Dirk reached out to Rob Cochran with the idea to purchase and donate 1,500 clear backpacks (enough for all 1,396 Franklin Regional students). Rob, who is widely known for supporting the communities in which #1 Cochran team members live and work, jumped at the opportunity to help.

“An incident like this is devastating, especially when it happens in our own backyard. It’s important to let the school district know they have the support of their community. It’s our responsibility to do what we can so the victims and their families can focus on their recovery,” said Rob in a recent media interview.

Dirk and fellow #1 Cochran team member Ken Nutter, whose son is also a Franklin Regional student, handed out the backpacks to students on May 5th. “It’s a small step in rebuilding the feeling of security at the school, but as a parent, I think the backpacks will help give the students, faculty and parents alike, some peace of mind,” stated Dirk.

Stay strong, Franklin Regional. The community stands behind you to help you look ahead.

FRHS Principal Ronald Suvak issues out clear backpacks to students.

FRHS Superintendent Dr. Gennaro Piraino and Principal Ronald Suvak accept the clear backpacks donated by Rob Cochran along with Dirk Harper and Ken Nutter.


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