A fifth-grade student in South Carolina died Wednesday morning after suffering injuries from a classroom fight two days earlier.
RaNiya Wright, 10, was identified by her family after reports of her hospitalization began to circulate on Monday evening. On Wednesday morning, the girl’s mother, Ashley Wright, took to Facebook to announce that her “baby girl has gain [sic] her wings.”
According to the Colleton County School District (CCSD), a fight occurred in RaNiya’s classroom at Forest Hills Elementary School in Walterboro, South Carolina, earlier this week, prompting emergency medical services to be called.
The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office expanded in a statement to Yahoo Lifestyle to say that Wright was unconscious but breathing at the time that emergency personnel was dispatched. She was airlifted to the Medical University of South Carolina for further treatment.
The 10-year-old remained unresponsive since the incident, while Ashley took to her Facebook page to give updates and to ask for prayers. Unfortunately, the family and the school community are now grieving the loss of RaNiya.
“Our community has suffered a tremendous loss,” a statement from the office of the CCSD superintendent read. “We extend our heartfelt condolences to the family. Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with this family in the difficult days ahead.”
The district remembered RaNiya as “a wonderful student.”
“She loved to write, spend time with her friends, play basketball and loved being a big sister,” the district’s statement said. “She was actively involved in her church as a junior usher. She will be missed greatly by her family, friends, and the entire school community.”
The Colleton County’s Sheriff’s Office additionally offered prayers to the family in a statement about RaNiya’s death. As for the details surrounding the incident, officials have declined to release further information because of the ongoing investigation. However, RaNiya’s mother labeled it as a case of “bullying.”
The cause of death is pending an autopsy scheduled for Friday, and the student involved in the fight has been suspended.
Now, people nationwide are contributing to a GoFundMe, which was set up by a friend of Ashley’s just after RaNiya suffered her injuries on Monday, and are sharing memories of the young girl.
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