Fairmount deals with the aftermath of a rare tragedyFairmount, ND (WDAY TV) -- Authorities say the young boy never lost consciousness from the moment they got on scene, to the time he made it to the hospital.
By: Todd Kurtz, WDAY
Fairmount, ND (WDAY TV) -- Authorities say the young boy never lost consciousness from the moment they got on scene, to the time he made it to the hospital.
His classmates and teachers are extremely shocked and shaken, as the district plans on how to deal with this rare tragedy.
It started as a normal day at Fairmount's K-12 school, but about 10 minutes into first period everything changed. A freshman student brought a gun to school and turned it on himself at the front of a classroom.
Ron Stahlecker, Superintendent: "I've been in the business 35 years and this is my first."
Chase DeVine, Junior: "It's hard to know that this happened to our school"
A school of only 112 students - 7 of them saw the shot.
One classmate says the shooter gave his ex-girlfriend a note apologizing, then walked to the front of the room, put a small handgun in his mouth, and pulled the trigger.
Another student down the hall heard the immediate cries and chaos.
DeVine: "There was multiple tears, at least 15 kids were crying. It's just, I was holding back. I guess I didn't know what to do."
Stahlecker: "This kind of took us really by shock because everyone knows everybody and if there would've been any sign whatsoever I know some of his classmates would've said something."
The shooter's aunt lives right down the street, and wouldn't go on camera, but also says this came out of no where. Usually her nephew is loving and happy. A boy who always made his friends smile.
DeVine: "Yesterday I was talking to him, he was laughing you know, he just looked fine."
Stahlecker: "He was a good kid and was just going through some issues he had a hard time handling I would assume."
The school will have extra counselors on hand tomorrow, helping the students in this quiet town cope with what some of them saw and most of them heard.
Authorities say the boy never made any threats against other students, but the sheriff is putting a deputy on patrol at the school tomorrow to make sure students feel safe.