A 16-year-old girl is dead following a fight in a restroom Thursday morning at Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington, Delaware, NBC Philadelphia reports. According to the News Journal, multiple students are being investigated as persons of interest in the attack, and two girls have been taken to police headquarters. A spokesperson for the mayor's office wouldn't comment on what caused the fight but tells ABC News it wasn't gang-related. Police were called to the school shortly before 8:20am, and the unnamed sophomore was transported to the hospital, where she died. Her cause of death has not been confirmed.
"My heart’s broken," NBC quotes mayor Dennis Williams as saying at a press conference. "Things like this shouldn’t happen." Students were dismissed for the day following the incident, and a mayoral debate on public safety that was scheduled for Thursday evening at the high school has been canceled. The school district's superintendent called the student's death an "unbelievable tragedy" while maintaining that Howard is a "safe school." There were seven violent felonies reported at the high school last year after only three total in the previous four years. A fellow student and friend described the victim as "very open." "I feel bad for the people who have known her for years," he tells the News Journal. (Read more assault stories.)