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Update: North Dakota teen who shot himself expected to recover

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FAIRMOUNT, N.D. - There's new information about the teenager, who shot himself at the school in Fairmount, North Dakota. The school superintendent says the freshman had gone through a group session with the school counselor about depression and suicide, just days before this happened. He says the student is at Sanford Hospital in Fargo, and is expected to recover.

Friday, classes were back in session, but many students have a long road of healing ahead.

Superintendent, Ron Stahlecker, says, "We just want to try to get back to normal."

It appeared to be a day like most others at school in Fairmount, North Dakota. Kids taking bus rides and classes in session, except a horrific scene of a young boy shooting himself is still on the minds of so many.

"I stayed awake most of the night thinking about it and I don't know what we could have done differently," Stahlecker said.

One way the school is trying to speed up the coping process is, instead of canceling class, they're getting students through these doors, because being with classmates and friends is better than being alone.

"Because at home, they would have been sitting at home, just thinking with questions and no answers. Here, they can have all those things together," Stahlecker said.

Counselors from area schools are on hand to talk to anyone who needs it. The school has also set up a comfort room where kids can come and go through the day, draw pictures, play games and just have someone to talk to.

"He didn't want to hurt anybody, because he asked 'Did I hurt anybody?' Physically, he didn't, but inside, mentally, he really hurt a lot of people," Stahlecker said.

The superintendent added that based on the school's policies, since the teenager brought a weapon on campus, he will most likely not be allowed back in school. However, they say they will help find ways to keep him on pace with academics during his recovery.

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