#PrayForMsJones: Students Tweet Prayers To McMichael High School Principal

11:48 PM, Jan 26, 2013   |    comments
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Mayodan, NC -- Social media may be an unlikely medicine but a hash-tag on Twitter is sending love and prayers to a high school principal injured in a fatal car crash, Friday.

Troopers say Leigh Jones was driving on US 220 North when 70-year-old Linda Chandler crossed the center lane and hit her head on.

Chandler died and Jones remains in the hospital.

READ: High School Principal Involved in Fatal Crash 

Her students at Dalton McMichael High School can't visit her in the hospital but they are sending her support online.

Austin Case is a Junior DMHS and after hearing about his principal's serious accident, he decided to start the hash tag #prayformsjones.

"She makes every student feel important so everyone loves her and I knew that everybody that seen it would want to use it or retweet it or tweet something about it to give their thoughts to her," explained Austin.

Austin says he texted all of his friends who have Twitter and told them to start tweeting. He retweeted all those tweets and before he knew it, his prayer request was trending locally.

Lesley Shaffer is a Senior at McMichael and says Ms. Jones makes everyone feel like they belong.

"If she sees you in the hallway she'll stop and ask you how everything is going, how's your day and when we get ready to leave, she'll come by and she'll wave at you and tell you to be careful," said Lesley.

"It makes me feel good that the students came together and that she is able to understand that we do love her and we want to show our support. And it really, we are all excited and ready for her to come back even though we know it's a long road to recovery," explained Austin.

 Austin says the goal of this twitter campaign was to make his principal feel loved and missed and with nearly 200 people tweeting or retweeting the hash-tag, he says he thinks they've accomplished their mission.

These students aren't just praying for Ms. Jones, but also for Linda Chandler's family. 

Her husband is the pastor of The Old Country Church, located just a couple miles from McMichael High School. 

WFMY News 2

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