- RaNiya Wright, 10, died on March 27 – two days after she was hospitalized for injuries sustained in a fight with another fifth grader at her elementary school in Walterboro, South Carolina.
- As of Monday, Wright’s parents still don’t have answers for how she died, and autopsy results could take weeks to get back.
- One student at Forest Hills Elementary has been suspended in connection to the altercation, Colleton County School District officials said in a statement.
Nearly a week after a 10-year-old died after an altercation at her elementary school, her parents still don’t know how or why the fight broke out.
RaNiya Wright was rushed to Medical University of South Carolina on March 25, after getting into a fight with another student at Forest Hills Elementary in Walterboro. She died two days later.
No information has been released on what kind of injuries RaNiya suffered. The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement to CNN on Thursday that the fight was between two fifth-grade students and that no weapons were involved. The school district has also not said whether a teacher was in the classroom at the time, or what prompted the fight, the Greenville News reported.
The other student who got into a fight with RaNiya has not been identified. In a statement, Colleton County School District officials said one student has been suspended while an investigation into the fight is being conducted.
No one has been charged in connection with the fatal fight and prosecutor Duffie Stone said at a Friday news conference, according to WCSC, that it was “premature to speculate whether there will be any criminal charges stemming from this incident.”
RaNiya’s parents are set to bury their daughter on Wednesday.
Her father, Jermaine Van Dyke, demanded answers for his daughter’s death in a news conference on Monday.
“I want to find out what happened, how it happened, and who was involved,” he said, according to NBC News.
RaNiya’s mother, Ashley Wright, did not attend the Monday press conference because she was picking out the outfit her daughter will be buried in, her attorney Margie Pizarro told The New York Times.
Pizarro added that the family wants to know whether there was “appropriate supervision in the classroom, and what, if any, steps did school administrators take to intervene in the fight.”
In a Facebook post last week, RaNiya’s mother suggested that bullying was at play, but that has not been confirmed officially.
A GoFundMe campaign set up to help RaNiya’s family had raised more than $US54,000 by Tuesday afternoon.
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