Girl who survived 19 stab wounds returns to school

In this June 19, 2014 photo provided by Dana Hoffmann, Payton Leutner, a 12-year-old Waukesha girl, holds a "Thank You" poster for the many supporters from around the world that have sent her cards. Court documents indicate that two 12-year-old classmates stabbed the girl in a plan to curry favor with Slender Man, a character in horror stories they had read online. (AP Photo/Dana Hoffmann)

WAUKESHA (AP) — The 12-year-old Wisconsin girl who nearly died after she was stabbed 19 times is back in school.

A spokesman for the girl's family says it has been a summer of doctor's appointments, surgeries, specialists and recovery. Stephen Lyons says the girl has been eager to go back to school in Waukesha. She started the 7th grade on Tuesday.

Lyons tells WITI-TV that the girl and her family continue to attend therapy sessions to deal with the emotional scars of the ordeal.

Court documents say two classmates plotted for months to kill the girl to curry favor with a fictional Slender Man character they read about online. One of two preteens accused in the stabbing has been ordered to receive treatment rather than stand trial.