Attempted suicide suspected after student shoots self at N.D. school

By David Edwards
Thursday, October 11, 2012 15:49 EDT
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A high school student at the school in the small town of Fairmount, North Dakota is suspected of attempting suicide after he brought a gun to class and reportedly shot himself.

Principal Jay Townsend said the boy, whose name was not released, shot himself at about 8:30 a.m., but did not threaten any other students, according to the Associated Press.

Students told the Forum of Fargo that the incident happened in algebra class. They said he handed his girlfriend a note and told the teacher, “I’m sorry,” before pulling the trigger.

The K-12 school of about 110 students was locked down for a period of about an hour while the injured boy was taken to a hospital in Breckenridge, Minn.

The Daily News of Wahpeton reported that the he was conscious and talking before leaving in the abulance.

A school administrator explained to the paper that he was a “good kid,” but “may have been going through some issues.” Other reports said the boy was a “bright student” and enjoyed playing the guitar.

“It’s going to shake up the community for a long time,” Mayor Jon Nelk told the AP. “The city’s prayers and thoughts go out to the young man and his family and friends.”

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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