Fifth-Grader Dies Days After Fight in Classroom

Raniya Wright, girl who died after school fight, died of natural causes, solicitor says

Officials have announced that no criminal charges will be filed after the cause of 10-year-old Raniya Wright’s death has been confirmed.

Raniya died two days after a fight at school, but officials said she died of natural causes, according to Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone, WJCL reported.

The announcement was made during a news conference Friday morning.

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Raniya’s autopsy was completed earlier this month, but the results were only released Friday. 

There were questions swirling around the fifth grader’s death, as well as the fight between her and another student at Forest Hills Elementary School in Walterboro, South Carolina.

The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office said she had serious injuries because of the fight on March 25, but there were no weapons involved in the fight, WJCL reported. Officials broke the students up and Raniya was taken to the school nurse. When paramedics arrived, she was unconscious and was taken to the hospital. She was eventually flown to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. She died March 27.

Ashley Wright, Raniya’s mother, had said that students told her the girl hit her head on a bookshelf before she died, according to an interview Ashley Wright did on “Good Morning America,” CNN reported.

In this April 3, 2019, photo a horse-drawn caisson arrives outside Saints Center Ministries in Walterboro, S.C., for a celebration of the life 10-year-old Raniya Wright. Ashley Wright, the mother of Raniya a fifth grader who died after a fight at her South Carolina elementary school said other students in her class have told her she hit her head on a bookshelf.
Photo: Tracy Glantz/The State via AP

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