Anderson County turns to social media to support injured teens

Anderson County turns to social media to support injured teens


6 News Reporter

CLINTON (WATE) - The outpouring of support for the teenagers injured in Tuesday's crash has been overwhelming.

"Our school has been doing a lot to raise money and support and it's really brought us all together because these are people who mean a lot to the community," said Sydney Nelson, a junior at Anderson County High School.

Students have been selling T-shirts, ribbons and hanging up signs showing their support all week.

"I knew the family was having a hard time and this was a way to help," explained Brittany Bridges who is selling ribbons.

So far Bridges has raised more than $300, and she plains to give it the families to help pay for food and anything else they may need at the hospital.

"At first I just made them for Anderson County High School but other schools want them, people I work with want them, it's amazing how supportive everyone is," said TJ Marlow, an Anderson County High School graduate.

Marlow spread the word of the T-shirt sales through social media.

"I just threw the image together and I put it up on Twitter and it just blew up," said Marlow.

Students have been using #AC5 on social media sites to keep everyone in the community informed.

"You can go on Twitter and every couple seconds refresh the page and more people are asking 'How are the 5? What's the latest?'" explained Marlow.

The Williams family is planning a motorcycle ride for March 31 to raise funds for the families as well. They've been spreading the word through Facebook.

"The families need all the support they can get and this is such a great community, we think there will be a great turnout," said Jill Williams.

For students, the community's support - both online and off - helps them deal with tough questions.

"It's scary, that could have been anyone and that fact that it's those five and I've gone to school with them. It's really hard," said Cheyene Grisham, a former student at Anderson County High School.

For now, the community to looks to each other and to prayer as they wait for more updates on the AC5.

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