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The Bobster
04-21-2016, 05:51 PM
http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2016/04/21/teen-dies-following-assault-at-delaware-high-school/

Police: Teen Assaulted Inside Bathroom At Delaware High School Dies
April 21, 2016 11:14 AM
By Cleve Bryan

WILMINGTON, Del. (CBS) — Police say a 16-year-old girl died following a serious assault at a high school in Wilmington, Delaware.

The victim’s sister, Jackaira Triplett confirmed the 16-year-old’s name and photo to Eyewitness News, telling us that the victim was 16-year-old Amy Joyner.

Chopper 3 was over the scene of Howard High School of Technology on the 400 block of E. 12th Street.

Police say they received a call around 8:10 a.m. for an assault that happened in the girls’ bathroom involving three students, including the victim who passed away. Officials add that the victim did not live for very long following the assault.

Authorities are not saying exactly what happened, but the victim’s injuries were so severe she had to be airlifted to DuPont Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

Police said that they had at least two people that they were questioning, and as of Thursday afternoon, they were still conducting interviews.

“Staff was on hand, including their staff,” said Wilmington Police Department Chief Bobby Cummings. “She was given medical attention soon after the incident.”

No weapons were recovered. “There were a few girls that were involved and at this time, our police department is investigating the incident. We have people that we’re speaking with,” said Cummings.

Students were dismissed from school for the day and officials are determining whether they should open on Friday. Students described confusion when they heard the announcement that school was over and shock learning that someone died.

Senior Sherman Pride said that he didn’t know the victim, but that violence is not common at the school. :rolleyes:

“It hit me right here,” Pride said as he placed his hand over his heart. “We’re Howard. We’re Wildcats. We’re supposed to stick together. What happened to the school spirit?”

The mayor of Wilmington, Dennis Williams, issued the following statement:

We are all deeply saddened by this tragedy, and my heartfelt sympathy goes out to the young girl’s family and friends as they grieve this terrible loss. Howard High School of Technology has a rich history in the City of Wilmington, and in this time of great tragedy, it is critical that we embrace the students, parents, faculty, and the entire Howard community.

Our entire city is shaken by the loss of this child’s life, but in this moment we should all come together to work collectively to address the serious needs of our youth. As a community, I know that our strength comes from the commitment that we all have to support our children. Now, more than ever, is the time that we must demonstrate that commitment.”

The New Castle County Vocational-Technical School District issued a statement that read in part:

It is with great sorrow that we must report that a Howard High School of Technology student died today at AI DuPont Hospital as the result of injuries she sustained from an altercation this morning at the school.

This is not only an unspeakable tragedy for her family, but also for the school, and the entire community.

We express our prayers and deepest sympathy to her family, who need your support and sensitivity at this time.

We are shaken but stand ready to provide support and care to the family, to Howard students and staff, and to all of those affected by this act of senseless violence. We ask that you do the same.

Schools officials did not speak with Eyewitness News, but the police did say that if the school decides to open tomorrow, it will be with grief counselors.

The Bobster
04-21-2016, 06:30 PM
http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Police-Girl-15-Killed-in-Attack-at-Delaware-School--376564511.html

Girl, 16, Dies After Student Attack in High School Bathroom
By NBC10 Staff
Published at 11:13 AM EDT on Apr 21, 2016

A 16-year-old girl is dead after getting into a fight, possibly over a boy, inside a Wilmington, Delaware high school bathroom Thursday morning.

She was allegedly involved in a fight with two fellow students, according to school officials. The victim, identified only as a sophomore from New Castle, died at a nearby hospital with her parents at her side.

"A lot of families were destroyed today," Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams said.

City spokeswoman Alexandra Coppadge said there was a confrontation in the women's restroom at Howard High School of Technology, which is part of the New Castle County Vocational Technical School District.

"Several female students were involved in a physical altercation at approximately 8:15 am this morning, in a main floor girls bathroom, just at the time classes began for the day," the school district said in a statement hours after the attack.

Police said in a statement that officers were called to the high school around 8:20 a.m. Later Thursday afternoon, police said a school resource officer called EMS at 8:18 a.m. for a student with head and stomach pain, and within minutes, the call became a CPR in progress.

Police said the girl had been flown to A.I. DuPont Children's Hospital in critical condition.

An autopsy will be held Friday and the investigation into the cause of death remains open.

Students who knew about the fight said it stemmed from a dispute over a boy.

Shauntea Bellamy cried as he sat outside the school after learning of the student's death. He worked with her as part of youth outreach programs and said she was set to volunteer in a summer program he organizes.

"It hurts when you know her personally and she's not one of my students who are out there in the streets like that," he said.

Williams said police were interviewing suspects Thursday evening, but didn't elaborate about whether arrests would be made.

State agencies will help provide support for those affected by the tragedy, Gov. Jack Markell said in a statement.

Students were surprised to hear about the girl's death saying the school is not known for being a trouble spot. Records show there have been 14 reported fights there last school year. Williams called the fight an isolated incident.

School was dismissed Thursday and officials had not determined yet whether classes would be held Friday, officials said.

A mayoral debate on public safety scheduled to take place at the school Thursday night has been canceled. :rolleyes:

Whitebear
04-21-2016, 10:26 PM
Police: (Black Female) Teen Assaulted Inside Bathroom At Delaware High School Dies (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3553011/Pictured-Girl-16-died-jumped-gang-bullies-school-bathroom.html)
http://www.newnation.org/Images/2016/AmyInitaJoyner-Francis.jpg

Girl, 16, who died at school after being 'jumped by a gang of bullies' who slammed her head against a sink in the bathroom Friends have identified the victim as Amy Inita Joyner-Francis, 16, who died after being attacked by a gang of other girls at a Delaware school Incident took place in the bathroom of Howard High School of Technology Witnesses said Joyner got into a fight with another girl over a boy She was suddenly jumped by a group of others and knocked unconscious A person in the gang then banged her head against a sink Joyner was flown by helicopter to A.I. DuPont Children's Hospital in critical condition where she was later pronounced dead

The Bobster
04-23-2016, 05:14 PM
http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Delaware-Student-Who-Died-After-School-Fight-Identified-376758141.html

Delaware Student Who Died After School Fight Identified
Amy Joyner-Francis, 16, died after getting into a fight with two other students in a high school bathroom
By Brian X. McCrone
Published at 2:13 PM EDT on Apr 22, 2016

The sophomore who died shortly after a confrontation inside a bathroom at her Wilmington, Delaware, high school has been identified as Amy Joyner-Francis, police said Friday.

Police have not said what caused the 16-year-old’s death, but school and city officials said Thursday she died shortly after a "physical altercation" with two students at Howard High School of Technology.

Students who knew about the fight said they believe it stemmed from a dispute over a boy.

Police did say a school resource officer called EMS at 8:18 a.m. Thursday for a student complaining of head and chest pain, and that the call quickly escalated to a report of CPR in progress. Joyner-Francis died a short time later at a nearby hospital.

Students at the school, which is part of the New Castle County Vocational Technical School District, returned to class Friday. An autopsy was expected the same day.

http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/Amy+Joyner-Francis+cp.jpg
Amy Joyner-Francis died Thursday following a fight at her high school. She was 16.
Photo credit: Family Photo


"Several female students were involved in a physical altercation at approximately 8:15 a.m. this morning, in a main floor girls bathroom, just at the time classes began for the day," the school district said in a statement.

Shauntea Bellamy cried as he sat outside the school after learning of the student's death. He worked with her as part of youth outreach programs and said she was set to volunteer in a summer program he organizes.

"It hurts when you know her personally and she's not one of my students who are out there in the streets like that," he said.

Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams said police were interviewing suspects Thursday evening, but didn't elaborate about whether arrests would be made.

State agencies will help provide support for those affected by the tragedy, Gov. Jack Markell said in a statement.

Wilmington City Councilman Darius Brown is holding a town hall meeting for the community at 6 p.m. Monday, at Stubbs Elementary School. He said the governor, state attorney general and mayor will speak.

Students were surprised to hear about the girl's death, saying the school is not known for being a trouble spot. Records show there have been 14 reported fights there last school year. Williams called the fight an isolated incident.

Friends of the girl held a vigil in her memory outside the school Thursday night, and another vigil was expected at 6 p.m. Friday.

"A lot of families were destroyed today," Williams said.

The Bobster
05-04-2016, 08:25 AM
http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2016/05/03/charges-expected-in-death-of-delaware-teen/

Charges Expected In Death Of Delaware Teen
May 3, 2016 11:30 PM
By David Spunt

WILMINGTON, De. (CBS) — Howard High School of Technology student, Amy Joyner-Francis, died on April 21 after as assault in the bathroom of the school.

At this point no charges have been filed. Wilmington Police Chief Bobby Cummings declined an on camera interview, but told Eyewitness News that his office is working with the Delaware Attorney General’s office on the case.

Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams’ office commented further in a statement:

“The Wilmington Police Department continues to work with the Attorney General’s office to determine the appropriate charges relating to the incident which occurred at Howard High School.”

Authorities won’t say when the charges will come down, but confirmed there will be charges.

The Bobster
05-09-2016, 03:41 PM
http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2016/05/09/3-girls-charged-in-connection-to-fatal-assault-of-delaware-high-school-student/

3 Girls Charged In Connection To Fatal Assault Of Delaware High School Student
May 9, 2016 5:05 PM

WILMINGTON, De. (CBS) — Three teens have been charged in connection with the beating death of a high school student in Wilmington, Delaware.

The Delaware Department of Justice announced the charges on Monday against three girls in connection with the death of Amy Joyner-Francis, who died as a result of a fatal assault that took place on April 21 inside the restroom at Howard High School.

Authorities said that all three of the students charged are minors.

Trinity Carr, 16, was charged with criminally negligent homicide, and authorities said they would seek to have her tried as an adult due to “the severity of her offense.”

Two other girls are facing charges of criminal conspiracy and will be tried as juveniles.

According to the Department of Justice, the medical examiner ruled that Joyner-Francis died from a cardiac incident that took place because of a pre-existing condition. They said that if the assault had not taken place, the cardiac incident would not have occurred.