DeWitt community rallies around recovering teen after arm severed in ATV accident


DEWITT, Ark. — A small delta town is showing support in a big way for a student injured in an ATV accident on Mother’s day.

“We live in a very small town that everybody’s family here and we take care of each other,” Tiffani Burns said. 

If there’s a need, the DeWitt community is ready to fill it. 

Especially for one of its promising young students.

“She was always very competitive and just a good friend to everybody. Always see her with a smile on her face,” DeWitt High School head basketball and softball coach Chris Clinton said. 

DeWitt freshman Kenlee St. John,15, who’s a straight-A student, All-American Cheerleader, basketball player and participates in track, was in an ATV accident on Sunday. 

Her arm was severed and she was airlifted to Arkansas Children’s in Little Rock.

Immediately people like Tiffani Burns looked for some way to help.

“That could have been my child I mean it could have been anybody’s child here in this community,” Burns said. She’s the president of the Dewitt Baseball and Softball Association. 

Monday, the Dewitt Baseball and Softball Association donated all ballpark admission funds to Kenlee’s family.

“We ended up gathering more than we ever imagined,” Burns said. 

What usually brings in 800 dollars more than tripled that night with a donation of 3,100 dollars to the family.

Her basketball coach Chris Clinton believes it’s a testament to the community and Kenlee.

“If we had more Kenlees, my job would be a lot easier,” he said. 

So far Kenlee’s parents say she’s gone through 2 surgeries with more to come to reattach her arm and regain all function.

“We really appreciate what’s going on what’s being done, it means the absolute world to us,” Katie Watson, Kenlee’s mother said over the phone. 

With t-shirt sales and a bake sale Saturday, the community isn’t finished showing just how #kenleestrong they are.

“She’s got a community back here supporting her. She’s in God’s hands and we know He’s got a plan for her and she’s and she’s going to come back stronger than ever,” Coach Clinton said. 

Donations can be made directly to Farmers and Merchants Bank or on GoFundMe. Search “Karing for Kenlee.” 

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