Student who died after incident at Colleton Co. elementary school ID’d

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD/ WSPA) – A fifth-grade student has passed away after receiving care at MUSC following a classroom fight at Forest Hills Elementary in Walterboro.

The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the news Wednesday morning just before 10:40 a.m.

Earlier this week, the school said a female student suffered injuries and was airlifted to the Medical University of South Carolina for medical treatment.

In a Facebook post, following news about the child’s death, the Colleton County School District said the student passed away Wednesday morning at 9:39 a.m.

“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.”

Colleton County Coroner Richard Harvey identified that student as 10-year-old Raniya Wright.

Harvey said an autopsy will be performed on Friday.

District officials said they want to continue focusing on providing needed support services to students, teachers, staff and the community while also proving updates on the sheriff’s office investigation.

The district then decided to temporarily suspect their Facebook page, which had been providing limited information, so that they can “focus on providing care that our stakeholders need.”

Colleton County School District posted the following statement on their website on Wednesday:

The Colleton County School District has learned from law enforcement officials that the student transported to the Medical University of South Carolina passed away on March 27 at 9:39 a.m. 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.

CCSD officials continue to focus on providing needed support services to our students, teachers, staff, and community, while also providing updates on the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office’s investigation into this matter through our website (colletonsd.org). We will temporarily suspend our Facebook page so we can better focus on providing the care that our stakeholders need at this time.

The school system released the following statement earlier:

On March 25th, a fifth-grade Forest Hills Elementary School student suffered injuries after a fight occurred in her classroom. School administrators promptly secured the scene, ended the fight and called emergency medical services to the school.

The injured student was airlifted to the Medical University of South Carolina for further treatment. An investigation has been opened into this incident.  A student from the school has been suspended until the investigation is complete. Because this is an ongoing investigation, we ask that the community understands that the information we can share is limited.

District and school staff have visited with the family. We ask the community to continue to keep the student and their family your thoughts and prayers.

The district crisis response team has been at Forest Hills Elementary School on March 26 to offer support services to students and staff and will continue as needed.

We at the Colleton County School District work hard every day to keep our children safe and keep parents informed. For the latest information, please visit our website.

State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman also issued a statement about the fifth grader’s passing on Twitter on Wednesday:

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