Students send words of support to Indiana woman injured in tornado

Posted at 5:55 PM, Mar 18, 2012
and last updated 2012-03-18 23:59:57-04

An Indiana woman who lost both her legs protecting her children from a deadly tornado earlier this month is receiving words of support all the way from Utah.

Stephanie Decker was home with her two children, ages 8 and 5, when a tornado touched down.

"Wind like I've never seen wind before, and then the glass broke, as soon as glass broke, the house started shifting," said Decker. "I put my children in a blanket and I tied it in a knot. Everything started hitting my back. Beams, pillars, furniture, everything just slammed into my back."

Decker's story is inspiring students at Channing Hall Charter School in Draper.

"I was just so touched to hear her story because I know the world is in need of people who really care, and after hearing her story it makes me wanna be a better person," said a student from Channing Hall.

Students learn about heroes like Rosa Parks and Abraham Lincoln, but the talk has focused on Decker in the days after the tornado struck.

"We talk a lot about empathy, and being knowlegdable, and caring. All of those attributes really come into play, and our students really took it to heart," said Heather Shepherd, Director of the Channing Hall Charter School.

The students decided to write letters of support that they plan on sending to Decker.

"We have about a hundred letters right now that we're going to send," said Heather Holt, a teacher at Channing Hall. "There's going to be a day when Stephanie Decker is going to have a tough day. And hopefully she'll pull out one of your letters and hopefully it'll put a smile on her face and help her through the day."