2 Fifth-Graders Got in a Fight at School. One Is Now Dead

South Carolina school isn't saying much about the circumstances surrounding the fight
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 27, 2019 4:18 PM CDT
Two 5th-Graders Got in a Fight at School. One Is Now Dead
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Investigators are releasing few details about a fifth-grader in South Carolina who died Wednesday from injuries she suffered in a fight two days before at her elementary school. School officials who called 911 initially said the girl collapsed Monday and was unconscious but breathing in the nurse's office at Forest Hills Elementary School in Walterboro, according to a Colleton County Sheriff's Office incident report. The report and statements from deputies and school officials have not detailed how the girl was injured or what the fight was about. The attack is listed on the report as a simple assault, the AP reports. The student who attacked the girl did not use a weapon and is also in fifth grade, according to the incident report, which blacked out the student's age, sex, and name. The student was suspended, the Colleton County School District said in a statement.

The school district identified the girl as Raniya Wright. She died Wednesday morning at a Charleston hospital, Colleton County deputies said. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday. The death is a tremendous loss to the school, which has had grief counselors on campus since the fight, Colleton County School District spokesman Sean Gruber said in a statement. "Raniya was a wonderful student. She loved to write, spend time with her friends, play basketball and loved being a big sister. She was actively involved in her church as a junior usher," Gruber said. School officials say they are cooperating with deputies in a criminal investigation. No charges have been filed. (A girl was convicted of homicide in this fatal school bathroom attack.)

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