Waukesha students create cards for stabbing victim, support pours in across globe
WAUKESHA -- Student council members at Waukesha STEM Academy are crafting cards to help a young girl who was stabbed 19 times after a sleepover.
Doctors said several of the victim's wounds could have been fatal, but she miraculously survivied.
Now, as part of a project called "Hearts for Healing," goodwill is pouring in from across the globe in the form of purple hearts.
"I just wanted to use encouraging words like, ‘You are awesome, and you are in our thoughts and prayers, and stay strong’, because she really needs to be encouraged as she's going through this hard time," said seventh grader Julia Shoppach.
We talked to the 12 year old victim's great-aunt off camera. She broke down in tears thinking about all the community support -- thoughts, prayers, and cards -- many in her great-niece’s favorite color: purple.
Teacher Tina Koch said making these hearts is helping her students.
"All these students are typically the same age, and so they really felt a connection with the student, and wanted to do something to show that we care," says Koch.
Some of the students in this group know the families involved in the tragedy. Their hand-written notes of healing truly come from their hearts. In a statement, the family says her physical pain is decreasing. For now, they're trying to move forward and relax together as a family.
The great aunt tells TODAY’S TMJ4 they're showing her the hearts one by one. She loves them all, and each one brings a smile to her face.