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Classes resume at Fern Creek High School after student shot

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Less than 24 hours after a student was shot at Fern Creek High School, students are back in class. Officials say the school is safe, but not all students feel that way.

The Fern Creek High School principal says one student out of 1,500 made a very bad decision yesterday. Principal Nate Meyer talked about the shooting publicly for the first time this morning. He had four students by his side.

Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell said, "If we can prove probable cause that he committed the crime, under state law it is mandatory that if you are 14 or older and committed an offense with a handgun that the matter be transferred to Circuit Court. We will be making a motion to detain the young man and then must have a detention hearing within 72 hours."

It is expected that the motion will take between 30 and 45 days.

Meyer called today 'business as usual.' He says the teaching staff has nearly perfect attendance today and says he expects student attendance to be 'good.' Meyer says the students and staff have practiced lockdowns before, and yesterday's went 'perfectly.'

Some students agree.

"We were well prepared and we -- my parents -- didn't really freak out too much because they believe in the staff too, and the staff handled it really well," said Jennifer Leonhardt, a student. "I just feel safe today. Yesterday felt like a little bit of a shock, but it feels like a regular day."

But not all the students we spoke with felt that way. Aisjah Washington witnessed the shooting. She says she's so shaken that she is withdrawing from the school.

"I'm not comfortable being there," said Washington. "I don't want to be there. I feel like they could have done something to prevent that, but they didn't. I had guns in my face yesterday, I had guns all around me. I was standing right next to the shooter. It's just like -- I don't want to be here right now, but I came to get my stuff."

The 16-year-old suspect is a student at the school. He was caught by police three hours after the shooting and is being held at the Jefferson County Detention Center. Charges against the teen include assault and unlawful possession of a weapon on school property.

The 15-year-old victim was taken to U of L hospital. We're told his injuries are non-life threatening.

The principal says all extra curricular activities will take place as scheduled today.

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