Weapons Not Involved In Fight That Left S.C. Fifth Grader Dead
Posted On April 20, 2020
No weapons were involved in a fight at a South Carolina elementary school that left a 10-year-old student dead, according to a news report.
Fifth grader Raniya Wright was identified as the student killed after the fight on Tuesday at Forest Hills Elementary School in Walterboro. Wright was airlifted to the hospital where she died Wednesday morning, officials said.
In a statement to CNN on Thursday, the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office said weapons were not involed in the incident. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday, according to CNN.
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Deputies told local media outlets that they were investigating an assault between two students. The Colleton County School District has said a student has been suspended from the school till the investigation is complete.
“I want to assure our entire community that we are taking this incident very seriously and cooperating fully with the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office,” Superintendent Franklin Foster said in a statement at a special school board meeting on Thursday. “Providing a safe learning environment is a top priority for our district. After the investigation is concluded, we will thoroughly review the findings and address any areas of concern identified through the investigation.”
Foster also appealed to the community’s help in preventing the spread of speculation and rumors.
Parents of children experiencing anxiety, sadness or concern are advised to reach out to their child’s school, Foster said.