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Pennsylvania School Machete Attacker, William Stankewicz, Dies in Prison

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Sakchi Khandelwal
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Pennsylvania School Machete Attacker, William Stankewicz, Dies in Prison

William Stankewicz, the man infamous for a chilling machete attack on a Pennsylvania elementary school, has been found dead in his prison cell. Stankewicz, who targeted North Hopewell-Winterstown Elementary School in York County, Pennsylvania, was serving a hefty 132- to 264-year sentence for his heinous actions.

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Shattering Peace: The Machete Attack

In 2001, Stankewicz, armed with a machete, stormed the elementary school, leading to a horrific incident that left deep scars in the community. His brazen attack resulted in injuries to 14 individuals, including 11 kindergarten students, but thankfully, no fatalities.

End of a Dark Chapter: Stankewicz's Death

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Stankewicz was found unresponsive in his cell at the State Correctional Institution at Dallas at the age of 78. The cause of his death remains unknown and will be investigated by Pennsylvania State Police and the Luzerne County Coroner's Office. His next of kin has been notified.

Relief and Reflection: A Community Looks Back

Stankewicz's death has brought closure to a case that had shocked the local community and raised significant concerns about school safety. Retired Principal Norina Bentzel, a victim of Stankewicz's attack, reflects on his death and feels a sense of relief. She is currently writing a book about her harrowing experience, shedding light on the incident's lasting impact.

While the news of Stankewicz's death closes a dark chapter in Pennsylvania's history, it serves as a stark reminder of the importance of school safety and the need for preventive measures against such incidents.

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