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North Dakota high school student hospitalized after classroom shooting

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

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

Fairmount is about 15 miles south of Wahpeton and about 60 miles south of Fargo-Moorhead, near the Minnesota-North Dakota border.