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Published October 11, 2012, 04:36 PM

Fairmont teen shoots himself in front of his class

Fairmont, ND (WDAY TV) -- One boy is recovering and a small community is shaken after a suicide attempt inside the Fairmount, North Dakota school.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fairmont, ND (WDAY TV) -- One boy is recovering and a small community is shaken after a suicide attempt inside the Fairmount, North Dakota school.

Early this morning, a freshman student shot himself in front of his classmates.

Richland County Sheriff's department received the 911 call at 8:42

this morning, about 10 minutes into first period at Fairmount's

school. That's when they say a freshman shot himself during study hall in

front of his class.

Seven other freshmen and a teacher were inside of the room, all left

panic stricken and shocked. The school, with only 112 students total, immediately went on lockdown while law enforcement and staff got everything under control.

They called parents to come pick students up, canceling classes for

the day, and made sure there were no threats to other people inside

the building.

Richland County Sheriff, Larry Leshovsky, says, "the initial investigation revealed that this was an isolated incident it happened in one classroom involving a juvenile male student. Witnesses reported that the student walked to the front of the classroom and shot himself."

Ron Stahlecker, Fairmount superintendent, says, "This kinda took us really by shock because everyone knows everybody and if there would have been any sign whatsoever I know some of his classmates would have said something."

Authorities say the boy was conscious and talking before he was

taken to St. Francis hospital in Breckenridge. The hospital is not releasing updates about his condition because he

is under 18.

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