Student shoots self in ND classroom

3:03 PM, Oct 11, 2012   |    comments
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FAIRMOUNT, ND - Authorities in the small town of Fairmount, North Dakota say a student has apparently survived what they are calling a suicide attempt inside a school classroom.

The school is letting students go home for the day and calling in counselors after the high school boy brought a gun to class and shot himself.

Principal Jay Townsend says the boy, who has been identified as a freshman, did not threaten anyone else. There were seven other freshmen and a teacher who witnessed the shooting.

Townsend says the boy was rushed to a hospital. He doesn't know the teen's condition but says he was coherent.

The Richland County Sheriff's Office says the incident at the K-12 school happened about 8:30 a.m. The school was put into lockdown for about an hour.

The school, located in the southeastern part of the state, has about 110 students. About 370 people live in the town.

School will resume on Friday and counselors will be on hand to talk with students and faculty, district officials said.

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