Community stunned after child dies following a school fight

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UPDATE:

The South Carolina child that died has been identified as 10-year-old Raniya Wright

An autopsy will be performed Friday according to the Colleton County, South Carolina coroners office.

ORIGINAL REPORT:

COLLETON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) — A fifth-grade Walterboro student has been taken to a hospital for suffering injuries after a fight in a classroom.

According to the Colleton County School District, the fight occurred in a 5th-grade classroom at Forrest Hills Elementary School.

The school says that a female student suffered injuries and was airlifted to the Medical University of South Carolina for medical treatment.

At this time, we do not have any specifics on the severity of the injuries sustained by the student or her condition, but the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a thorough investigation into the fight. They have specified that the fight occurred between two students.

A concerned parent of a student at Forest Hills Elementary said she believes this is a case of bullying and blames the school administration for letting this happen.

“It was bullying, and like I said, someone is not keeping a good eye on these children like they are supposed to,” she said. For a child to get airlifted, she had to be injured pretty badly. With an injury like that, it’s not just a scrape or fall where you can go to the nurse—that need serious attention. Where are the adults? Where are the administrators when this is going on?

The Colleton County School District addressed the fight on their Facebook page Monday. In that post they say that a student from the school has been suspended until the investigation is complete.

A concerned parent says that the Facebook post was not enough to console her, she wishes that the school administration would have called or emailed all parents addressing the fight, but she says they did not.

The school hasn’t sent any notes like ‘there has been an incident,’ nothing,” she said. “They haven’t sent anything.

There are a lot of posts circulating on social media about the identity of the 5th grader who is receiving treatment at MUSC, but right now, authorities have not released the identity of the victim.

In a statement from the Colleton County School District, they said: Because this is an ongoing investigation, we ask that the community understands that the information we can share is limited. 

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