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Kyle Laman, wounded in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School attack, returned this week to classes.

Stoneman Douglas student who helped police ID gunman has returned to school

Freshman Kyle Laman, who was seriously wounded in the Feb. 14 attack, provided the description that led police to Nikolas Cruz.

A Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student whose description helped police capture the gunman who allegedly killed 17 people returned to school this week, his wheelchair pushed by the officer who led him away from gunfire during the attack.

CNN reports that freshman Kyle Laman, 15, returned to the Parkland, Fla., campus for the first time since he came face to face with Nikolas Cruz, who has been charged with 17 counts of murder in the Feb. 14 attack.

Kyle has undergone three surgeries and weeks in the hospital after being shot in the foot during the attack.

Meanwhile, the last student hospitalized from injuries in the attack has been released, according to his attorney.

Anthony Borges, 15, was shot five times while protecting his classmates from the gunman. He had barricaded a door with his body and was shot through the door. Also using a wheelchair, Anthony visited the high school Thursday, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

Because of his wounds, a third of Anthony's lung had to be removed. One bullet came close to his liver, and three bullets hit his legs.

“Great to see Anthony back on campus: a true inspiration,” tweeted Ty Thompson, the school’s principal.

For Kyle, coming back to school has been "really overwhelming and, well, mostly fun."

Aiding his return was Coral Springs police Sgt. Jeff Heinrich, whom Kyle encountered as he fled on his wrecked foot away from the shooter.

"I was able to tell the police the type of clothing he was wearing, the type of gun, the optics and the magazines that he was using, where he was located," Kyle says.

Kyle attended the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C., last month, flying on an airplane that the New England Patriots lent to the cause.

He didn’t participate in the onstage part of the rally, but he, his family, his surgeons and Henirich's family went to spend some time backstage.

Going back to Marjory Stoneman Douglas has been "more comforting than it is nerve-racking because there's so (many) people that been through a lot of stuff, and they've seen things, and we're all here for everyone," Kyle says.

Kyle's mother, Marie Laman, praised hospital and school staffs, doctors and her community for their support as she's tried to keep her family's life "as light as we can." The family still faces mounting bills, and a Go Fund Me website has been established to help with medical costs.

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