Middle school student makes triumphant return as cheerleader six months after being shot seven times
13-year old Ella Whistler and her teacher Jason Seaman were shot at on 25 May by a 13-year-old boy who later admitted to the shooting
Six months after she was shot seven times at her central middle school in Indiana, 13-year-old Ella Whistler made a triumphant return to perform with Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders as their honorary coin toss captain on Sunday.
Whistler and her teacher Jason Seaman were shot at on 25 May by a 13-year-old boy who later admitted to the shooting in Noblesville West Middle School. Reports state that Whistler was shot in the face, neck and chest, and suffered collapsed lungs and several broken bones.
In a verdict to the case earlier this month, a judge ruled that the boy be held at a state juvenile detention center until he is 18 or rehabilitated.
He will reportedly be placed on probation after he turns 18. "You went into school that day intending to kill many people, not just two," Hamilton Circuit Judge Paul A. Felix told the teen, who cannot be named because he is a minor. 'You wanted devastation, an inescapable tragedy for the ages"
Noblesville West Middle School shooting victim Ella Whistler (second from left) joins her school choir to sing the national anthem at today’s #Colts game. #NobStrong @WTHRcom pic.twitter.com/lxwPJ9NKAJ— Ben Reiff (@BenReiff) November 25, 2018
The teenager reportedly danced with the squad for the NFL team's game against Miami Dolphins and took the center stage to perform on the popular song 'Word Up', which was originally performed in 1986 by American funk band Cameo.
Whistler cheered at the platform, standing out in a black uniform from Noblesville West Middle School, which stood in contrast to the professional cheerleading team's attire who were dressed in white and blue.
The American football team's Twitter page released a one-minute video clip of the moment and captioned it with: "Ella Whistler shows the world how strong she is by performing with as our honorary captain for just 6 months after she was shot 7 times in the Noblesville West Middle School shooting."
According to the Indianapolis Star, the teenager, along with performing her routine between the first and second quarters, also sang the national anthem with her school choir at the event.
Whistler, while talking to Fox 59, said: "I get to do a lot of different things now because of this and I think it’s really cool to have this experience a lifetime experience that no-one ever really gets to do."
Turned out that Whistler proved to be lucky for the Colts as they won the game. This is not the teenager's first stint with the sports team, she reportedly also attended a training camp with them along with her mother this summer.