The teenage victim of an alleged school stabbing in North Adelaide says she forgives her accused attacker.
On Thursday a court heard that the victim and the accused both attend the same school but had never met and the attack was random.
At home surrounded by family, a 17-year-old girl is recovering, wounded and traumatised.
She told 7 News the alleged attack was unprovoked.
The Year 12 student was washing her face in the basin of a school bathroom when it’s alleged she was approached from behind and stabbed in the back with a pocket knife by a fellow student.
“I didn’t know her and I wasn’t aware of who she was,” the 17-year-old said.
“When I saw her I didn’t even know that she went to my school because she was in casual clothes.”
It’s alleged that as the victim nursed her wound, her accused 14-year-old attacker said “I’m sorry,” then ran away.
Police say she left behind her backpack with her name on it. The 14-year-old was found later nearby.
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“It was traumatising,” the alleged victim said. “But it’s happened now and you can’t really take back what’s happened.”
“My daughter handled it so well, she told me, I was at work and she told me, ‘I’m okay mum, you don’t have to come,'” the girl’s mother said.
Incredibly she says she has already forgiven the student accused of stabbing her.
“I really do forgive her, I don’t want her to feel terrible about it,” she said.
The accused spent Wednesday night at the City Watch House and has been remanded in custody.
On Thursday, her parents were there to support her at Youth Court, but made a quick escape after the hearing.
“I just hope she has every support that she needs to get over that, because I’ve gotten my share of support,” her alleged victim said.
It’s an attitude her father said made him proud.
“She is brave, more brave than me,” he said.