A fifth-grade South Carolina student has died after suffering injuries in a classroom fight.
According to the Colleton County School District, the fight occurred in a 5th-grade classroom at Forest Hills Elementary School.
The school says that 10-year-old Raniya Wright suffered injuries and was airlifted to the Medical University of South Carolina for medical treatment.
The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office says the child later passed away.
The 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. They haven’t sent anything,” she said.