Fifth-grade South Carolina girl Raniya Wright dies after classroom fight

The student was in a fight Monday and died at a hospital Wednesday.
Image: RaNiya Wright, 10, died after an altercation at her South Carolina school on March 27, 2019.
RaNiya Wright, 10, died after an altercation at her South Carolina school on March 27, 2019.Ash Wright / via Facebook

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By Elisha Fieldstadt

A fifth-grade girl in South Carolina died Wednesday after she was injured in a school fight earlier in the week, according to officials.

The child, identified by the Colleton County Coroner as Raniya Wright, 10, died Wednesday morning at the Medical University of South Carolina.

She had been airlifted there from Colleton Medical Center after suffering injuries during the fight Monday in her classroom at Forest Hills Elementary School in Walterboro, according to a statement from the Colleton County Sheriff's Office. Walterboro is about an hour northwest of Charleston.

The "assault" was under investigation, the sheriff's department said.

"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," said a statement from the Colleton County School District. "CCSD officials continue to focus on providing needed support services to our students, teachers, staff, and community."

An earlier statement from the district said school staff had "secured the scene, ended the fight and called emergency medical services to the school" after the girl was injured. Another student was suspended, the statement said.

The Colleton County School District is cooperating with the Colleton County Sheriff's Office, according to the district.