St. Louis students unite to support paralyzed hockey player

3:27 PM, Jan 5, 2012   |    comments
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ST. LOUIS - While it might look like a fashion statement, the decision by dozens of students at a St. Louis-area High School to wear white is about something much bigger.

It's to support a paralyzed Minnesota teen they've never met.

A student at Ladue Horton Watkins High School in the St. Louis-area suburb of Ladue heard about Jack Jablonski's story on a Facebook tribute page, checked out a Facebook page dedicated to the injured Benilde-St. Margaret's hockey player, and decided to spread the word.

Jablonski's friends in Minnesota decided to wear white to their schools on Thursday to show their support for him. Hundreds of miles away in St. Louis, the teens chose to join them in what's being called the "white-out" for Jack.

High schools in Minnesota, like Minnetonka, are also wearing white for Jack and posting their photos on KARE 11's Facebook page. Jablonski could use the support, after receiving bad news yesterday. After performing surgery to stabilize the 16-year-old's vertebrae, doctors said it is unlikely he will ever walk again.

A press conference with his doctors is set for Thursday afternoon. We'll have the latest information as it becomes available on kare11.com.  

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