5th-Grader Dies After Classroom Fight

RaNiya Wright died after getting into a classroom fight.

A South Carolina fifth-grader died after a classroom fight this week. 

RaNiya Wright, 10, was unconscious but breathing when authorities arrived at Forest Hills Elementary School on Monday. 

“School administrators promptly secured the scene, ended the fight and called emergency medical services to the school,” the Colleton County School District said in a statement

She had “collapsed” in the classroom and was airlifted to the hospital, according to a police report. But RaNiya died from her injuries two days later, according to reports.

Police said there were no weapons involved in the fight. Another student who was involved has been suspended pending an investigation. 

No criminal charges have been filed.

“We are devastated by this news, and we want our communities to keep their thoughts and prayers with the student’s family at this time,” the statement continued.

RaNiya's mom, Ashley Wright, posted that the situation involved bullying.

“This is what bullying cause ... stay woke PARENTS,” Wright said on Facebook, according to People.

Much remains unknown about the incident, prompting calls for answers. 

South Carolina Rep. Justin Bamberg said he was baffled.

“How in the hell does this happen in an elementary school?” Bamberg said, according to the Post and Courier. “When a little girl dies after a fight, it really makes you question what type of leadership is going on there and what are the adults doing.”

An autopsy for the RaNiya is scheduled for Friday.

A GoFundMe to help with funeral costs has raised more than $38,000.


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