16-year-old Amy Joyner, of Howard High School of Technology died Thursday morning after being assaulted inside a school bathroom by several other students.
The school Principal, Stanley Spoor said the 10th grader was allegedly attacked by two students in the restroom around 8:15 a.m., just before classes began at the Wilmington, Delaware school.
According to 6ABC, she was found in a critical condition after the bullies banged her head against a bathroom sink and she was rushed in a state police helicopter to the A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children, where she later died from her injuries.
One girl said she was in a stall when the fight broke out.
“She was fighting a girl and then that’s when all these other girls started banking her – like jumping on her,” she said.
Police are investigating reports the fight may have been over a boy, and the possibility that one or more students recorded the deadly assault on their cell phones.
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Paramedics airlifting Amy to hospital
Mayor Dennis Williams had to take a moment to compose himself while speaking at a news conference, held a short time after learning the student had passed away.
“I’m so upset that the young lady lost her life today. Things like this shouldn’t happen,” he said. “My heart bleeds for the family, the kids that go to this school, administrators and our city.”
At Thursday night’s vigil outside the school, classmates, parents and community leaders fondly remembered Joyner, who was the manager of the school’s wrestling team.
“She was real nice,” said Shane Gallagher, a member of the wrestling team. “She treated us like family and we treated her like family, and it hurts our hearts we can’t ever see her anymore.”
Several leaders decried the scourge of violence plaguing some communities.
“That little girl got beat up inside of a bathroom,” said activist Malcom Coley. “How many of y’all stopped it? Did anybody stop it?”