Student Loses Leg in Hunting Accident

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VERNON The Vernon Community is getting behind teenager who accidentally shot herself in a hunting accident Sunday.

Doctors in Pensacola had to amputate part of 16 year old Andrea Wright's right leg.

Tuesday morning, the vernon high school "Yellowjackets" were wearing "Camo-jackets".

Even at the age of 16, Andrea Wright was an experienced hunter.

Sunday morning Wright and her uncle were preparing to go deer hunting.

Washington County Sheriff's investigators say Wright was getting on a 4-wheeler when her 12-gauge shotgun fired.

The buck-shot hit her in the right leg.

Paramedics life-flighted her to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola where doctors had to amputate part of her leg, below the knee.

Classmate Kaylee Walsingham says, "I was upset, I was devastated because she doesn't deserve this but she's sticking with it. She's strong as ever."

As soon as news of the shooting spread, the community began rallying around wright and her family.

Vernon High School Principal Brian Riviere says, "The community's been tremendous. We've had groups that Andrea's not even associated with."

Walsingham and her three friends spent all night making 120 ribbons to raise money.

By Tuesday afternoon, most were already sold.

Walsingham says, "I'm glad we're helping Andrea. It's the best thing we could've ever done."


Wednesday, January 22: Students are taking a huge group picture wearing camo to send Andrea.

Friday, January 31: Basketball team donating proceeds from gate and concession sales during the Walton High School game.

Saturday, February 1: 10am Vernon Fire Department car wash with hamburger and hotdogs @ the old Tom Thumb parking in downtown Vernon.