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17-year-old injured in terror attack went to school the next day for ‘perfect attendance’

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Flowers are placed on a bike at a memorial at the scene of Tuesday's terrorist attack along a bike path in lower Manhattan in New York City. Eight people were killed and 12 were injured when 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov allegedly drove a truck onto a bike path. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

A 17-year-old student, who was injured in a terrorist attack Tuesday in Lower Manhattan, went to school the day after the incident in an effort to maintain his perfect attendance record, ABC News reported.

What happened?

Officials said Sayfullo Saipov, 29, killed eight and injured 12 when he drove a rental truck down a New York City bike path. He was allegedly inspired by the Islamic State terrorist group. A police officer ended the threat when he shot and injured the suspect.

Why did the student go back to school?

According to ABC News, the student was riding on a school bus when the suspect hit the bus with his truck near Stuyvesant High School. A 14-year-old girl and two adults on the bus were also injured.

New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña told KABC-TV that in spite of the ordeal, the student didn’t want to miss any classes “because he was working on 100 percent perfect attendance."

Fariña said when she visited with the student, he said, "I told myself I'm going to be fine because a lot of people want to help me."

According to ABC News, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio visited Stuyvesant High School on Thursday, praising students for seeing it as "their duty to be back" at school and showing that “terror would not stop us."

He told reporters that students and teachers at the school "handled a very tough situation exceptionally well."

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