Survivor of Chardon Shootings Returns to High School

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It's a big day for 17-year-old Nick Walczak, a survivor of the Chardon High School shooting.

"I'm excited. I get to see my friends and my teachers," said Walczak.

It's his first day back to school since that tragic shooting.

Exactly four weeks to the day when students first returned themselves.

"I'm thinking of going to the cafeteria first. Not to relive. But just to remember," said Nick.

For Nick, it's a move forward in getting back to normal and being with his girlfriend.

"I'm so excited. We will actually be able to go to classes together again. It'll be nice," said Brittany Hokes.

Nick is still a patient at Metro Hospital undergoing daily rehab for his injuries that have left him unable to walk.

"It's hard. It's different. No one realizes how hard it is just to get off the couch or the bed," said Nick.

"He actually called me after he was shot. When he was dragged into Mr. Richie's room, he actually called me and I just lost it. I panicked and hung up on him," said Brittany.

Brittany says she won't make that mistake again.

In fact, she's even made them future plans.

"We're going to prom. I am going to bust out some dance moves," laughed Nick.

But right now, Nick thinks day-to-day.

Friday morning, he was ready to roll.

Because for Nick, going back into the hallways where he was once clung to life is a reminder of all his blessings.

Love, family, and friends.

"I think about the guys all the time. Russell, Demetrius, Danny. It's weird that they are gone. But I think about them and I pray for their families I think about them all the time," said Nick.

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