Teenage girl beaten to death in high school bathroom
In Wilmington, Delaware, a young girl lost her life in a high school bathroom at the hands of fellow schoolmates. The incident is rumored to have been over a boy.
Amy Inita Joyner-Francis, 16, went to the bathroom at Howard High School of Technology at 8 a.m on Thursday. Police say shortly afterward a one-on-one fight began between the teen and another student, but eventually other girls jumped in. Joyner-Francis reportedly hit her head on the bathroom sink, but an official autopsy is yet to be released.
“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,” Kayla Wilson, a student at the school told KTLA.
Students reportedly recorded the fight on their phones while it was unfolding.
“Some of the worst fights I’ve seen in the community have been with the females,” City Councilman Nnamdi Chukwuocha told The News Journal. “We need to address the needs of the young women. As of right now, I don’t think we’re doing that.”
Police say two female students were taken in for further questioning.
Yesterday, students and loved ones kept Amy’s memory alive with photos and messages on Twitter using the hashtag #RIPAmy.
“All I wanted to do with my friend was walk across the stage and get our diplomas,” 16-year-old Shytera Dawkins said. “And now that dream is taken away because she’s not there.”