A Delaware teen died after being beaten by other students in the bathroom at her high school.
Police in Wilmington, Delaware, launched an investigation following the death of 16-year-old Amy Inita Joyner-Francis, who was beaten in the bathroom of Howard High School. The beating happened just after 8:15 a.m. on April 21, when the teen went in to the bathroom to settle a conflict with another girl over a boy.
Joyner’s head was reportedly slammed into a sink during the fight, and she was airlifted to a nearby hospital where she later died.
Following the fight, parents were called to the school to pick up their children while an investigation took place.
“They said there was a fight, I don't know. I am just trying to find my grandson,” parent Denise Dinkins told WPVI right after the fight took place.
Classmate Nik Stryminski said he believes Joyner went into the bathroom with good intentions.
“It’s not even like she went in there to fight. She went in there to talk things out,” he told Delaware Online. Stryminski said that Joyner was always a mediator, often reaching out to fellow students to help them solve problems. Other students echoed that sentiment.
“Whenever we had a problem, she would come to us and talk to us, and I never would of thought she would be the girl that would get killed like that,” 10th grade student Atiyya Wilkes said.
Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams spoke of Joyner’s at a press conference, which took place shortly after news of her death broke.
“I'm so upset that the young lady lost her life today. Things like this shouldn't happen,” Williams said, WPVI reported. “My heart bleeds for the family, the kids that go to this school, administrators and our city."
Those who attended a vigil for Joyner noted the irony of the fact that the school’s anti-bullying campaign had just begun when the violent beating occurred.
“The anti-bullying thing that schools put on, they don't really listen to 'em,” student Julia Scott said. “It honestly has to take something tragic like this to happen for them to actually open up their eyes."
Autopsy results have yet to be released, and no charges have been filed.