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Published October 12, 2012, 05:07 PM

Fairmount School recovers from the recent tragedy

Fairmount, ND (WDAY TV) -- Gage is currently being treated at a Fargo hospital. Fairmount's Superintendent says he doesn't believe he will need surgery.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fairmount, ND (WDAY TV) -- Gage is currently being treated at a Fargo hospital. Fairmount's Superintendent says he doesn't believe he will need surgery.

Meantime, classmates and teachers are joining together to get the help they need in overcoming and learning from this shocking tragedy.

Just a day after a suicide attempt struck this small K-12 school, classes have resumed and students and staff are trying to get back to work as best they can

Ron Stahlecker/Fairmount Superintendent: "There's a couple of his real close friends that are having a real tough time"

The school has six counselors on staff throughout the day to help students cope. And they've set up a comfort room in the library, where people can express their grief on paper.

Stahlecker: "Cards and posters so that someone can take them up to him. Mostly just visiting and getting through the day.

The Fairmount community is still deeply shaken that something like this could happen in a town of this size.

Schiele: "It gave me goosebumps. While they just said initially there was a shooting at the school, you don't think it's at your school"

Pam Schiele had kids graduate from Fairmount, and knew Gage.

Schiele: "Once it does happen you need to deal with it and realize that it's something that can happen in a small town."

And on Facebook, Gage's friend wrote: I'm praying for you. I miss you man. I really wish I could have said or done something for you cause to me you're family.

For all, this shocking suicide attempt makes one thing very clear, the importance of communication and looking out for those around you.

Stahlecker: "I guess the biggest thing is to talk to people. If you have feelings about it whatsoever to let people know how you feel."

Schiele: "That suicide is a real thing and if you notice that someone is having problems or anything that you should try and see if they'll open up to you or ask them to get help. Don't just walk away and ignore because it doesn't go away."

A lesson for students, parents, and people everywhere to try to prevent tragedies like this one from ever happening in the future.

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