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Feb 26, 2010 8:36 PM by Stefanie Boe

Teen shot at school "not afraid"

The teenage boy shot in the back at his Colorado middle school earlier this week talked to reporters from his Denver hospital bed with a smile on his face. Matthew Thieu was outside Deer Creek Middle School Tuesday when investigators say a man pulled out a high powered rifle and shot a teenage girl.

Thieu says grabbed his skateboard and his books and started running. But, he didn't get far enough, and was shot in the back. Teachers tackled the man before anything else happened.

Thieu says the incident has brought his family closer together and that they all believe it happened for a reason.

The school will reopen Monday. Thieu says he's not afraid to go back, once he recovers.

Bruco Strong Eagle Eastwood has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. Authorities have not determined a motive.



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