The teenager charged with stabbing 21 people at his Pennsylvania high school two months ago was included in the school's yearbook handed out this week.
A school official said Wednesday that production deadlines would have made it difficult to remove Alex Hribal's picture from the sophomore class pages that were submitted in November.
"Some people will be upset if we removed it, some people would be upset if we kept it in there," said Franklin Regional School District assistant superintendent Mary Catherine Reljac.
The final set of proofs for the hardcover were sent to the school April 1. The class in charge of producing the yearbook was in the process of going over them when the April 9 stabbing spree happened.
They managed to extend the deadline for a few days so they could squeeze in one last-minute change — adding four pages dedicated to school unity following the tragedy.
Reljac said the yearbooks were handed out Tuesday and Wednesday and she has not received any complaints from students, teachers or parents about Hribal's inclusion.
The 16-year-old has been in custody since he ran through the halls of the school with two kitchen knives, slashing and stabbing fellow students and a security guard.
"I can't wait to see the priceless and helpless looks on the faces of the students of one of the 'best schools in Pennsylvania' realize their precious lives are going to be taken by the only one among them that isn't a plebian," he allegedly wrote in a note days earlier.
Hribal's lawyer has indicted he will try to get the case moved to juvenile court, where he could only be jailed until he is 21.
A motive for the attack remains unknown.
— Tracy Connor