A 16-year-old girl was on Thursday fatally beaten by multiple students in the restroom of a high school just as morning classes were about getting started. The fatal fight, reportedly over a boy, occurred around 8.15am in the main-floor restroom at Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington, Delaware.
The victim was identified by sources to the News Journal as 16-year-old Amy Inita Joyner-Francis, a sophomore at the high school.
Investigators also don’t believe a weapon was used. One student told the local ABC-7 TV news station that the confrontation was over a boy, and the victim was fighting with another student when she was “jumped” by a group of girls.
“She was fighting a girl, and then that’s when all these other girls started banking her, like, jumping her, and she hit her head on the sink,” a witness told an ABC reporter.
Gary Fullman, chief of staff to the Wilmington mayor, told CNN: “There was an altercation that initially started between two people, and my understanding is that additional individuals joined in against the one person.”
There was information on Twitter that some witnesses may have recorded the fight on their cell phones and did not step up to protect the girl.
The victim, in critical condition, was given CPR on the scene by paramedics, and was airlifted by state police helicopter to A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children, where she was later pronounced dead, police said.
News media outlets quoted Police Chief Bobby Cummings as saying that two female students were taken to police headquarters for questioning.
People have been mourning the death on Twitter with #RIPAmy.
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