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School mourns 12-year-old hunter

WAYCROSS- Students and teachers wore camouflage to class in honor of a Ware County Middle School seventh-grader killed in a hunting accident.

Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal said 12-year-old Michael James Hurst Jr. of Waycross died Saturday morning when a .30-.30 hunting rifle accidentally discharged as he climbed down with it from a deer stand in Manor.

Royal said the boy died after being struck in the upper body by the bullet. The sheriff said it appears he either fell or slipped and that his rifle discharged when it struck the rungs of the ladder.

Ware County schools Superintendent Joseph Barrow said counselors and social workers were sent to the campus on Monday. He said the boy was an honor student.