It’s a fresh start for the “Slender Man” stabbing victim now that she’s back in school. ABC News reports that the “Slender Man” stabbing survivor, whose name is being withheld, began her first day of school on Tuesday at Horning Middle School in Waukesha, Wisconsin. The school gave her a heartwarming welcome. Community members have “rallied around her” since she was stabbed by two other 12-year-old girls on May 31.
Spokesperson Stephen Lyons of the Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. law firm tells ABC:
“This little girl was excited to get back to school. It helped put some closure on things that happened a few months ago. She was excited to start anew back at the classroom, back with her friends, and back with the school and district that the family loves.”
The 12-year-old, who survived 19 stab wounds, just began seventh grade. Her parents and the school communicated on how to make her new school year a good experience. Lyons shares that the girl had a “very good first day.”
According to the report, the “Slender Man” stabbing victim spent the summer with family and received continuing medical treatment. Lyons says over $70,000 was raised at a mini-bratwurst festival August 29th to help her family pay for “mounting medical bills.”
“The amazing part of this story was that the world has supported this little girl and her family, even though they don’t know her name,” Lyons says.
In addition to the Hearts for Healing fundraiser, a tent was set up so guests could write well-wishes and notes of encouragement for girl set to be hand-delivered by her family. Lyons says the tent was busy all day long.
On May 31, the girl was badly injured when schoolmates, Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser, allegedly tried to killing her in the woods in a misguided attempt to become agents for a fake online character called “Slender Man.”
Authorities say the stabbing survivor crawled her way out of the woods where a cyclist riding by found her and dialed 911.
Geyser and Weier are being charged as adults with first-degree attempted murder. Geyser, however, is ruled incompetent to stand trial at this time and is under court-ordered mental health treatment.
Weier will face a probable cause hearing in Waukesha County Court in October.
USA Today reports that the girl and her family are undergoing therapy to deal with the emotional scars from the attack. The “Slender Man” victim going back to school is likely to help things feel more normal again for her.
[Photo Credit: Dana Hoffman, AP via USA Today]