SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) — The 14-year-old girl who was run over during a haunted hayride in Smithfield last month has returned to school for the first time since she was hospitalized.
Students and staff at Smithfield High School planned a welcome celebration Friday morning for Giada Lanzieri.
“She’s very excited to be back, this was quite the motivation for her to come back to school, to see her friends and teachers, and get back to some sort of normalcy,” school counselor Kristen Luongo said.
Luongo said Lanzieri’s family is very gracious for the first responders and the community rallying around her.
“We have appreciated all of the love, support, prayers, and generosity this small town has given us. We are fortunate to live in such an amazing community. Giada has remained positive and in good spirits because of all of this and everyone in her circle,” a statement from the family read.
“In addition, people across this state have been tremendous. Even opposing soccer teams sent things to her,” the statement continued. “We are also extremely grateful for all of the staff at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. This welcoming back is an overwhelming gift to our girl.”
Lanzieri, who worked as a scare actor for Seven Cedars Farm’s haunted hayride, was critically wounded on Oct. 28 after she became caught underneath a trailer being towed by a tractor.
She was rushed to the hospital with bone fractures and internal injuries.
The Farm chose to shut down the hayride for the remainder of the season and the family hired the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to investigate.