The father of a South Carolina girl who died after a fight in her classroom is still seeking answers about what happened to his daughter.
Raniya Wright, a 10-year-old fifth-grader, sustained fatal injuries after a fight that occurred in her classroom at Forest Hills Elementary School on March 25. Two days later on March 27, she died at Charleston Hospital.
In a report from the Greenville News, Jermaine Van Dyke, Raniya’s father, spoke about the situation surrounding her death on Monday.
“I’m here today looking for justice for my daughter,” Van Dyke said. “I wanted just to find out what happened, how it happened and who was involved.”
Mark Peper, Van Dyke’s lawyer, also spoke, saying that the father has been given “little-to-no information” regarding the classroom fight. He also said that Van Dyke visited with Colleton County School District’s superintendent, but the meeting didn’t provide any real updates on the incident or what has happened since.
The school district and law enforcement haven’t stated if a teacher was in the classroom during the fight. But according to Peper and his team, a teacher was in the classroom the day of the altercation. Peper’s team spoke with that teacher, as well as parents of other students at Forest Hills.
“We’re still gathering the results of our investigation,” Peper said, “but it’s been made pretty clear to us that there’s been a pattern of behavior over the last, really four or five years.”
“It would be fair to say that the school was on notice that were some altercations occurring on a very regular basis between individuals in this specific classroom,” he added.
Another student, a fifth-grader, has been suspended from school. No charges had been filed in the case as of Monday. A funeral for Raniya is set to take place this Wednesday at Saints Center Ministries in Walterboro, South Carolina.
Source: Greenville News
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