On March 25th, a fifth grader living in Walterboro, South Carolina named Rainya Wright, died due to a fight in her classroom. Not much information has been reported, due to the fact that the school and the town are keeping quiet for safety reasons. This all began last year when Raniya had begun complaining about her school bully. Rainya’s grandmother who regularly gets her and her siblings ready for school while her mother is at work, said that Rayina had been asking her to stay home from school a few weeks prior, according to CNN. Though school officials have released sparse details about the circumstances leading to Raniya’s death, Ashley Wright said that her daughter’s classmates told her the bully had been, “bothering Niya all day, wanting to fight her”. “They were in the class”, Mrs. Wright said. “The girl came up behind her and was hitting her all in the head. How long, I don’t know. She pushed her or rammed her head or something into the bookshelf.” Prior to this, Raniya had no health issues, said Mrs. Wright.
After the attack, she was then brought to the school nurse who called her mother to inform her that Raiyna had been in a fight and that she was ‘ok’ but was complaining about dizziness and having a headache. Unfortunately, the nurse did not call Raiyna’s mother back when her condition worsened. According to a Sheriff ’s Report, Officials had stopped the fight and Raiyna was taken out by paramedics. She was then taken to a nearby hospital. When her mom arrived to the hospital, she found her daughter unresponsive and hooked up to many machines. It is unclear why, but she was then airlifted to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, where she died two days later. School officials said there were no weapons involved in the fight. Raiyna’s father’s attorney, Mark Peper said, “We are still awaiting official disclosures from the school district, police department and all other public entities, none of whom have provided our client with any pertinent information to date. If the events alleged by the senator turn out to be factual, so be it, but our client deserves to know what happened to his daughter in a timely fashion.” According to CNN, A spokesman for the Colleton County School District has declined to prove any details, saying that the district will not make comments until police investigators announce their findings. We do know that a student was suspended, but it is not clear if this student was involved in the fight. Gracefully, dozens of mourners stood outside a South Carolina church as a horse-drawn carriage with Rainyas casket arrived Wednesday for a celebration of life at Walterboros Saints Center Ministries.
Featured Photo: 5th grader Rainya Wright (Photo courtesy of Theroot.com)
By: Isabella Leggio, Staff Writer