A South Carolina girl died Wednesday after a fight with another student at an elementary school.
ABC 4 reports that RaNiya Wright, a student at Forest Hills Elementary School in Walterboro, got into a physical altercation with another student on Monday inside a classroom. RaNiya was rushed to the Colleton Medical Center, then transferred to the Medical University of South Carolina, where she succumbed to her injuries.
According to a spokesperson for the Colleton County School District, no weapons were involved in the fight and no one is facing criminal charges at this time. The other student involved in the altercation has been suspended. Colleton County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Shalane Lowes said that the case is open and being actively investigated.
Due the age of the other student, their name, age, and gender remain undisclosed.
#BREAKING: A Walterboro 5th-grader severely injured in classroom fight Monday died Wednesday morning, family confirms. RaNiya Wright had been unresponsive and in critical condition at MUSC, family says.#chsnews pic.twitter.com/zatOAx98PI
— ABC News 4 (@ABCNews4) March 27, 2019
Officials haven’t yet said what caused the fight, according to CBS 13, but court records indicate that that attack is listed as “simple assault” on the police report.
“Raniya was a wonderful student. She loved to write, spend time with her friends, play basketball and loved being a big sister,” Colleton County School District spokesman Sean Gruber said in a written statement. “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.”
ABC Action News reports that “parents are outraged” after the incident and demanded a full investigation into the incident. Some of the parents said violence is an ongoing problem at the school and administrators aren’t doing enough to prevent it. School officials are cooperating with authorities.
An autopsy for the little girl is scheduled to take place Friday.
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[Feature Photo: RaNiya Wright/Handout]