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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- On Wednesday, police in Pakistan said they identified the main suspect in the attempted assassination of Malala Yousafza and have made arrests in the case.

The 15-year-old Pakistani girl was shot in the head by the Taliban simply because she wanted an education, police say. She is doing better now, recovering in a hospital in England.

Her inspirational story has had a big impact on some students in Kansas City.

Some of the middle school students at University Academy have been learning about 15-year-old Malala Yousafza in their social studies class. Neil Soloman said as soon as the kids learned about Malala's fight to get an education, despite threats against her and her family, the students were inspired by her courage.

Soloman said it's easy for students in the U.S. to take education for granted, but many of his students were amazed by her bravery and said that it inspires them to work harder in school.

The students were so inspired, all 120  of them wrote letters to Malala, and they will send them to the hospital in England where she is recovering.

"Dear Malala, you are a hero to many girls in Pakistan and are respected here in America," wrote Cesalee Carter.

"Dear Malala, I'm pleased to see a young girl like you is standing up for our rights as females. What the Taliban did was wrong and all children need to be in school," said Lavender Canady.

"I'd like to hope Malala sees the letter and is inspired by them and knows there are people all around the world who are inspired and encouraged by her," Soloman said.

According to international news reports -- Malala has been recovering. She's been able to stand on her own, but she will need surgery to reconstruct her skull.

The hospital has already received 4,000 messages of support for her -- from around the world.

Watch the video above to hear more of the letters these students wrote to her, and hope she'll someday read.

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