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High school student hospitalized after shooting himself in Fairmount, N.D. classroom

A man is seen walking outside the Fairmount school Thursday after a boy brought a gun to class and shot himself. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

FAIRMOUNT, N.D. - The school in the small southeastern North Dakota town of Fairmount is letting students go home for the day and calling in counselors after a high school boy brought a gun to class and shot himself.

Principal Jay Townsend says the boy survived what officials believe was a suicide attempt Thursday morning. He says the boy did not threaten anyone else.

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

Students told The Forum that the freshman student was in a freshman algebra class. The class started at 8:30 a.m. The students said about 10 minutes later the boy handed his girlfriend a note, told the teacher "I'm sorry," and then shot himself.

The students, who weren't in the algebra class, said they didn't hear the gunshot, but heard crying and screaming.

They described the boy as a bright student who enjoyed playing the guitar.

After the incident, the school was put into lockdown for about an hour.

Townsend says the school has about 110 students. About 370 people live in the town.