First day of seventh grade in Waukesha for Slenderman victim

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'Slenderman' Stabbing Victim Returns to School

By JUSTIN WILLIAMS

WAUKESHA (WITI) - A little girl, stabbed and left for dead in the woods in Waukesha by two girls who were supposedly her friends had a big day Tuesday, September 2nd. She headed back to school - for her first day of seventh grade.

The girl survived 19 stab wounds, and spent much of her summer recovering from the stabbing incident that occurred on May 31st.

First day of seventh grade in Waukesha for Slenderman victim
One of the two 12-year-old defendants is led into the courtroom in Waukesha, Wis. on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 during the trial for the stabbing of a third girl in May 2014. The two girls told detectives the attack was an attempt to please Slenderman, a fictional character they found on a horror website. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Michael Sears, Pool)
Judge Michael Bohren rules one of two 12-year-old defendants mentally competent after hearing the testimony from doctors in a courtroom in Waukesha, Wis. on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 during the trial for the stabbing of a third girl in May 2014. The two girls told detectives the attack was an attempt to please Slenderman, a fictional character they found on a horror website. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Michael Sears, Pool)
One of the two 12-year-old defendants is led into the courtroom in Waukesha, Wis. on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 during the trial for the stabbing of a third girl in May 2014. The two girls told detectives the attack was an attempt to please Slenderman, a fictional character they found on a horror website. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Michael Sears, Pool)
One of the two 12-year-old defendants' hands are unshackled to allow her to make notes in a courtroom in Waukesha, Wis. on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 during the trial for the stabbing of a third girl in May 2014. The two girls told detectives the attack was an attempt to please Slenderman, a fictional character they found on a horror website. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Michael Sears, Pool)
Joseph Smith, attorney for one of two 12-year-old defendants, sits in a courtroom at the county court in Waukesha, Wis. on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 during the trial for two 12-year-old girls accused of stabbing another girl in May 2014. The two girls told detectives the attack was an attempt to please Slenderman, a fictional character they found on a horror website. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Michael Sears)
Dr. Robert Rawski testifies to the mental competency of one of two 12-year-old defendants in a courtroom in Waukesha, Wis. on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 during the trial for the stabbing of a third girl in May 2014. The two girls told detectives the attack was an attempt to please Slenderman, a fictional character they found on a horror website. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Michael Sears, Pool)
One of two Wisconsin girls accused of stabbing their classmate to please horror character Slender Man appears in court during the second day of a preliminary hearing in Waukesha, Wis., An attorney for one of two girls to convince a judge Tuesday to move her case into juvenile court, arguing that his client is mentally disturbed and believed she had to kill to protect herself and her family from the creature. Bohren declined to rule on anything Tuesday, asking all sides to submit briefs. All three girls were 12 years old at the time of the incident. (AP Photo/Journal Sentinel, Rick Wood, POOL)
A photo taken on June 3, 2014, shows a Waukesha, Wis. park where two 12-year-old girls are accused of planning to kill another 12-year-old girl before deciding to go to some nearby woods, where the girl was severely injured with 19 stab wounds. Prosecutors say the two 12-year-olds stabbed their acquaintance to please a fictional creature they learned about online. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)
FILE - In this Saturday, May 31, 2014, file photo, rescue workers take a 12-year-old stabbing victim to an ambulance in Waukesha, Wis. Neighbors of two U.S. girls accused of stabbing another girl nearly to death say they're struggling to reconcile the allegations with what they know about the 12-year-olds and their upbringings. (AP Photo/Abe Van Dyke, File)
FILE - This Monday June 24, 2013 file photo shows a memorial that the family of 16-year-old Skylar Neese, of Star City, W.Va., has erected at a remote spot in Wayne Township, Pa., where the girl was allegedly stabbed to death last summer by two girls she believed were her best friends. (AP Photo/Vicki Smith, Pool)
POOL - A memorial erected by the family of 16-year-old Skylar Neese, of Star City, W.Va., stands at a remote spot in Wayne Township, Pa., where the girl was allegedly stabbed to death last summer by two girls she believed were her best friends. One of Skylar's friends — 16-year-old Rachel Shoaf — has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. A second girl is unidentified because the case is in juvenile court. (AP Photo/Vicki Smith, pool)
FILE - The site in Waukesha, Wis., where a bicyclist found a 12-year-old girl who had 19 stab wounds is seen in this Tuesday June 3, 2014, file photo. Two 12-year-old girls are accused of stabbing the girl in the woods to please a fictional character they learned about online. Neighbors of the two accused say they're struggling to reconcile the allegations with what they know about the 12-year-olds and their upbringings. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger, File)
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After what she has been through, it is easy to understand why this little girl was ready to head back to school.

"May 31st of this year - this little girl gets lured into the woods and stabbed 19 times," the girl's family's spokesman Stephen Lyons said.

12-year-old Morgan Geyser and 12-year-old Anissa Weier have been charged as adults in the case - each facing a felony first-degree intentional homicide charge. The girls apparently stabbed the victim in order to appease Slenderman - a fictional online character.

"You saw the most horrific thing happen," Lyons said.

The little girl, stabbed 19 times, has had a stressful summer of surgeries, specialists and recovery.

"A typical week, for weeks at a time, eight or 10 doctors appointments," Lyons said.

On Tuesday, the little girl started seventh grade with a smile.

"Throughout the summer, the parents would write on a grocery list, and put down groceries, and at the bottom of the list she'd always write 'school supplies.' Every week: 'school supplies' - so she wanted to get back to school. She was excited about it," Lyons said.

Lyons says the girl is grateful to be getting on with her life as her healing continues.

"Now we're dealing with some of the emotional needs. This little girl is in therapy and so is her family. Rightfully so - and getting the help that they all need to address this horrific situation. This is one of the first chapters in a very long book, but having said that, we like where the book is headed," Lyons said.

As for her recovery, this little girl still has a long way to go. The girl's family continues to accept donations to cover the cost of her treatment - which could reach the $400,000 mark.

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