DEVASTATED friends of a teenager who was stabbed to death are wearing special hoodies to remember him by.
Biddick School pupils have been rushing to buy the street garments, which have a special logo on the back in tribute to popular classmate Jordan Cooper, who suffered fatal stab wounds at his home in Newriggs, Fatfield, Washington, on Tuesday.
The design reads “Keep Calm and Remember Cooper,” a reworking of the British government poster produced in 1939 to raise morale under the threat of invasion, which has become popular after being recently reissued.
The hoodies – and car window stickers of the same design – are being produced by Printing Mad, at In Shops, in Washington.
The firm has decided to give all profits from sales of the tribute items to Jordan’s school – where they will go towards a memorial – and said they have become really popular.
Boss Adam Smith said: “Two girls, who were Jordan’s friends, came in with design, so we cleaned it up for them and put it on the hoodies.
“After that everybody else has wanted to get them done and we’ve been getting more phone calls every day.”
Allanah Brown, 13, was among the dozens of pupils to visit the printing firm to buy one of the hoodies.
She said: “I heard about them at school and thought it was a really good way to remember Jordan. I had a couple of lessons with him and he was very popular. He had lots of friends.
“Everyone has been really down at school, but they are trying to pick themselves up.”
Sunderland councillor Dianne Snowdon, who represents Washington Central ward, is a governor at Biddick School and backed the idea on Printing Mad’s Facebook page.
She said: “I’m pleased that Printing Mad has decided to donate all the profits from the hoodies and car window stickers to Jordan’s school.
“The school council is already discussing ideas for an appropriate memorial to Jordan, and will be working with the local community to raise funds.
“This will give the fund-raising a kick-start, and is a good example of community cohesion.”
The memorial plans come as the number of flowers, keepsakes and messages left near the youngster’s home keeps growing, as do the tributes online.
Jordan’s uncle, Alan Cooper, was today due to appear at Newcastle Crown Court charged with the murder of his 14-year-old nephew.
The 31-year-old’s first appearance since his arrest was before Sunderland magistrates on Wednesday.