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Vernon Girl Seriously Injured in Hunting Accident

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The Vernon High School student body is quite small but has a very large heart. Students took to Facebook, Twitter, and even working with their principal to raise money for their classmate.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, 16-year old Andrea Hope Wright of Vernon was getting on a four-wheeler Sunday morning when her shotgun accidentally discharged, striking her in the leg.

She was life-flighted to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola and underwent surgery late Sunday night. Vernon High School Principal Brian Riviere said doctors had to amputate her lower leg.

"It doesn't matter what goes on or what happens that can negatively affect a family they will turn out in masses to support and pour out their hearts," said Riviere.

As students return from the long weekend, Reviere said they're trading their orange and blue for camo to support the freshman. They plan to raise money for Andrea one camo shirt and ribbon at a time.

"They wanted to do a camouflage theme. . . .it signifies a lot about what Andrea is, the outdoors and a passion that she has."

Reviere said Andrea is no stranger to the outdoors. She loves to ride horses, hunt, and play softball. He said it's going to be a tough recovery, but the entire school is here to support her.

"I also see this as an opportunity for her to show that won't stop her, and she'll fight through this and still rebound on other side and still do the things she enjoys."

Vernon High School's basketball team is also donating proceeds from gate and concession sales against Walton High School on January 31st.

The Vernon Fire Department is holding a car wash and selling hamburger and hotdogs on February first. It starts at 10:00 a.m at the old Tom Thumb parking lot in downtown Vernon.

You can also donate money to Andrea and her family through Vernon High School.

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A 16-year-old girl was seriously injured in a hunting accident Sunday near the New Hope area of Washington County.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Andrea Hope Wright of Vernon was getting on a four-wheeler around 10 a.m. when her shotgun accidentally discharged, striking her in the leg.

A relative was close by and was able to come to her aid. She was life-flighted to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola and underwent surgery late Sunday night. The FWC continues to investigate the accident.

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