CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) — A fifth-grade student has died following a classroom fight at Forest Hills Elementary in Walterboro.
The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the news Wednesday morning.
Earlier this week, the school said a female student suffered injuries and was airlifted to the Medical University of South Carolina for medical treatment.
In a Facebook post, following news about the child’s death, the Colleton County School District said the student passed away Wednesday at 9:39 a.m.
“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”.
Colleton County Coroner Richard Harvey identified that student as 10-year-old RaNiya Wright. Harvey said an autopsy would be performed on Friday.
District officials said they want to continue focusing on providing needed support services to students, teachers, staff and the community while also proving updates on the sheriff’s office investigation.
The district then decided to temporarily suspend their Facebook page, which had been providing limited information, so that they can “focus on providing care that our stakeholders need”.
The community is leaving flowers, balloons, and teddy bears in memoriam of RaNiya at the front of Forest Hills Elementary.
An acquaintance of the family and parent of a 5th grader at Forest Hills Elementary, Brittany Waltz, said she believes that the victim was being bullied in school. She said, “I just know that bullying is such a big issue at the school right now and even my son is going through it. This is what bullying does and it has got to the point now where a child has lost her life, and we need to do more about it”.
The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office released this statement Thursday; “Our prayers are with the Wright Family, the students and faculty at Forest Hills Elementary and the Colleton County School District, and the Community as a whole. Investigators at the CCSO are valiantly working to complete a thorough, comprehensive investigation in a timely manner, and we plead for your patience”.