Walterboro, S.C fifth grade student, RaNiya Wright dies after succumbing to injuries sustained during a classroom fight at Forest Hills Elementary School.
A fifth-grade student in South Carolina involved in a ‘vicious’ classroom fight has died after succumbing to injuries sustained during an ‘altercation’ earlier this week authorities said.
RaNiya Wright, 10, died Wednesday after being critically injured in a brawl at Forest Hills Elementary School in Walterboro on Monday- WCIV reported.
School officials released few details about the fight between RaNiya and another student, who has been suspended from school indefinitely, according to the district.
The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the school altercation, but no charges have been announced, according to the Charleston Post Courier.
It wasn’t clear what led to the fatal feud, with the district saying ‘administrators promptly secured the scene, ended the fight and called emergency medical services to the school.’
Also not understood is how the child came to sustain such serious injuries leading to her death- and whether weapons were involved.
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RaNiya — who was airlifted to Medical University of South Carolina — had been unresponsive since Monday, according to her family. Further information about the nature of her injuries wasn’t made available.
Her mother, Ash Wright, called for ‘justice’ and paid tribute to her daughter Wednesday on Facebook.
‘As of 9:39 my baby girl has gained her wings,’ the mom wrote.
Of disconcert a former Colleton County special education teacher who sought to remain anonymous told of Monday’s incident not being the first time there have been physical confrontations at the school. The teacher also told of having reported incidents of bullying several times to school authorities but to little avail.
The Colleton County School District confirmed RaNiya’s death in a Wednesday statement and remembered the young girl as a ‘wonderful student.’
‘She loved to write, spend time with her friends, play basketball and loved being a big sister,’ a spokesperson said on the district site. ‘She was actively involved in her church as a junior usher. She will be missed greatly by her family, friends and the entire school community.’
The district’s statement goes on to say guidance and counseling services are being provided to students, staff, and family members ‘as needed.’
A GoFundMe page was created to raise money for the Wright family.