#PrayforTeddi: Classmates cheer on teen shooting victim to recovery
RED BANK, TN. (WRCB) - Red Bank High School students wore blue to school Thursday to show their support for a classmate who was the victim of a drive-by shooting on Monday. Teddi Robinson's friends said she's the kind of girl who always cheers on everyone, and now it's their turn to cheer on her.
A sea of blue filled the hallways, signs lined the walls, all to support a girl many say embodies Red Bank High School.
"Teddi is a very spunky girl. She's always crazy, always talking to everyone. She's very loud. This school is very quiet without her. It's kind of strange," said friend, Elizabeth Wilson.
Someone shot Teddi Monday night while she was driving on McCahill Road. Her injuries were serious, but police said it could have been much worse.
The news shocked students.
"At first, you know, I didn't believe it. I mean, who gets shot in Red Bank? I came into the P.D. room, which is where everyone was meeting, and it was sad. It was just really sad, and not being able to see her and make sure she was ok was really hard," said RBHS senior Drew Moreland.
Teddi is a cheerleader, and now the girl who cheered on her school is on the receiving end of team spirit. Students wore blue and wrote encouraging messages to help her get better.
"I told her whenever I walked into school this morning, that everyone was wearing blue. It was just amazing how everybody is supporting her. She said she'd love some pictures to see what everybody is doing for her," said Lawrence Woodfin, Teddi's boyfriend.
That encouragement might have paid off. She's now recovering in the hospital.
"I know she asked for her makeup, so apparently that's a good sign for an 18-year-old girl," said Red Bank Police Chief Tim Christol.
Her friends laughed at the status update.
"That explains it all. She is the most spontaneous person at this school. You'll see her, she'll be wearing makeup, her hair is done, she'll be wearing high heels, something very sparkly, something very ‘wow, there's Teddi'," said Moreland.
"That's just her being her and not letting it hold her down," said RBHS senior Daniel Evitt.
Even in Teddi's absence, her larger than life spirit lingers in RBHS's hallways.
"It's really sad to not have her here, but she's here in spirit, and we're looking forward to seeing her again," said Wilson.
Teddi's friends said if all goes well, she'll make it back for graduation day.
As she recovers, police are still searching for the people responsible.
There was a second shooting near the Highway 27 underpass at Morrison Springs Road moments before a bullet hit Teddi. No one was hurt in that incident.
Police said they're looking for a black car, possibly a Honda Accord with tinted windows.
Witnesses said several passengers were in the car at the time of the shooting.
Investigators continue to follow leads and say tips from the community are very important.
If you know anything, call the Red Bank Police Department at 423-875-0167.