Wilmington, DE – A 16-year-old student resulted dead in Wilmington, Delaware after an altercation in a high school bathroom with other female students. The official cause of death is yet unknown as the police is still investigating the incident, which took place on Thursday morning.
The victim was identified as Amy Joyner, a 10th-grader from the Howard High School of Technology. She was involved in a serious assault with at least two other girls around 8:15 a.m., before the classes begun for the day. No weapons were involved however, according to a statement from officials with New Castle County Vo-Tech School District.
Joyner was promptly transported in an helicopter to the A.I DuPont Hospital and was declared dead due to her injuries shortly after her arrival. No charges have been announced yet as the girls involved in the fight among other witnesses are currently being interviewed by detectives, as reported by WPVI-TV, a Philadelphia station.
Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams presented at the scene and assured to be upset that a young lady had lost her life that day. Williams expressed his condolences to the family, kids who attend that school, the administrators and to all the city.
Students at the school were kept in class until 10:15 and their parents were called through robocall to inform them that they needed to come pick up their children. Parents rushed even without clearly knowing what was going on, as reported by CNN.
No apparent reason
According to students from the same institution, the fight was over a boy. That would explain why the fight only involved girls, yet it doesn’t add up to be enough for the other girls to kill Amy. Joyner was fighting with another girl in the bathroom when she was jumped on, said an eye witness of the scene. “She was fighting a girl and then that is when all these other girls started banking her, like jumping on her,” said a high school student who assured to be present at the scene to WPVI-TV. The high school student preferred to remain anonymous for his or her own sake.
However, an official motive has not been announced by local authorities. The investigation is still open given that further information is needed in order to make justice. Nevertheless, classes will continue in the Delaware’s high school on Friday and will be dismissed at 11:15. Counselors and mental health teams will also be available at the school for students and administrators.
Source: Washington Post