Student hands girlfriend note, tells teacher he's sorry, then shoots himself in classroom

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Students in an algebra class watched one of their classmates shoot himself in the head yesterday.
A freshman high school student in the border town of Fairmont, North Dakota is alive after shooting himself in the head during class yesterday.

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About 10 minutes into an 8:30 a.m. algebra class, the young man passed his girlfriend a note, told the teacher "I'm sorry," then walked in front of his classmates and shot himself in front of seven other students and a teacher.

It's unclear what motivated the student to do what he did. He was transported to a hospital in Breckenridge, Minnesota with injuries to his face, but is expected to recover.

School officials said they don't believe the boy, whose name isn't being released because he's a minor, was bullied.

Ron Stahlecker, Fairmount superintendent, told WDAY the incident "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."

The K-through-12 Fairmont Public School was locked down after the suicide attempt and students were eventually sent home, but classes will resume today.


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13 comments
Lola House
Lola House

Heard of this this morning. Very very sad.

Kenny Peterson
Kenny Peterson

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Ryan Siverson
Ryan Siverson

Erica, that is the first thing I thought of. This kid has to have some demons at home. "Jeremy" was essentially written from a newspaper story. Very sad situation for everyone involved.

Erica Martin
Erica Martin

this reminds me of pearl jam's "jeremy" song/music video.

Tammy Brooks
Tammy Brooks

I hope he finds the peace he needs, and the observers can find healing through their trauma also. Such a sad story.

Michael Danko
Michael Danko

its so sad when people see that as the only way out. what statement was he trying to make by doing it in front of everyone? now all of those people will remember that for life.

365MusicProject
365MusicProject

@atrupar wow. I hope this doesn't start a new trend. : (

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