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April 18, 2013

Students rally to support ailing student

NORMAN — Hundreds of students and families have united in prayer and concern for a Norman North High School student battling a critical infection.

The student, whose family has declined interview requests and asked that she not be identified, was hospitalized over the weekend at Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City. The sudden and severe nature of the illness has rocked the local community and generated a widespread awareness and prayer effort throughout Norman Public Schools and beyond.

“The students have been very supportive,” said NNHS Principal Bryan Young. “They’ve gone to visit, there’s a lot of talking about it and concern, we’re all hoping for the best.”

NPS students and community members from Norman and even Ada have formed prayer circles and continue to flood social media hubs such as Twitter and Facebook with photos, prayers and well-wishing, though updates on the student’s condition are sporadic and indicative of a continued critical condition.

NPS Superintendent Joe Siano paused Tuesday’s Celebration of Excellence by calling for a moment of silence for both the victims of the Boston Marthon bombing and the student, whom he described as “fighting for her life.”

“It’s sad when it happens to any of our students. We want our kids to be healthy and when things like this do happen everyone is touched,” Young said. “It’s good to see our kids coming together in compassion and caring and we’re all pulling for her.”

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