Community supports Bonners Ferry High cheerleader injured in crash



Posted on February 12, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 13 at 7:27 PM

BONNERS FERRY--A Bonners Ferry High School cheerleader remained in critical condition Wednesday night following a car crash on Saturday.

Kelsey Shutes, 18, was on her way home after a cheer competition when she was involved in a head-on crash.

Several schools from across North Idaho were stepping up to help Shutes on her road to recovery.

The Bonner’s Ferry cheer squad was supporting the girls’ basketball team at their districts competition Wednesday night, but they had to cheer without one of their key team members.

McKayla Moore described hearing the news on Saturday that her friend and fellow cheerleader was involved in a car crash. It happened as Shutes was heading home from the high school.

The cheer team earlier that day was competing in Moscow and had punched their ticket to the state cheer tournament.

"She just had her birthday February 4th, we sang to her at the game on February 4th. And a couple days later, she's in the ICU,” said Moore.

Shutes remained in critical condition at Kootenai Medical on Wednesday.

An online campaign to support her recovery and family had raised well over $7,000.

Cheerleaders from other area high schools were even gathering donations.

"We even got contact from some of those cheerleaders and schools wanting to help out. Yeah, it was kind of a North Idaho support system that emerged on Monday,” said Bonners Ferry High School Athletics Director Steven Morton.

While the cheer team continues to spread spirit, they are also spreading a simple message: Pray for Kelsey.

“She's just a sweet and amazing person. And just pray that everyone keeps them in her heart,” said Moore.

Shutes’ family said they are very touched by the support from all across North Idaho.

If you want to help out, a fund is set up in Shutes’ name at Mountain West Bank in both Bonners Ferry and Coeur d’Alene.