Investigators to hold press conference on death of RaNiya Wright

Updated: Apr. 18, 2019 at 8:19 PM EDT
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COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Investigators will be holding a press conference on Friday in connection to the death of RaNiya Wright.

Authorities say the Forest Hill Elementary school student died following a classroom fight last month.

On Thursday afternoon, the sheriff’s office announced 14th Circuit Solicitor Duffy Stone, Sheriff R.A. Strickland and Colleton County Coroner Richard Harvey will be holding a presser at 10:15 a.m. on Friday at the sheriff’s office.

Investigators said they will be announcing the conclusion of the initial findings and will answer questions.

On Tuesday, community members in Colleton County were frustrated following a school board meeting with no new information on Wright’s death.

The Colleton County School Board did take the time to address the incident at first, but after voicing their opinions, parents left the meeting with the same questions they had going in.

The district says that’s partially because they don’t have all the answers.

“We’re waiting for information from law enforcement just like the public is waiting for information for us,” said school board member William Bowman Jr. “We have very little information relative to what has occurred because law enforcement is still searching for the facts.”

The child was injured on March 25 during what district officials called a fight in her classroom at Forest Hills Elementary School.

An incident report from the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office states Colleton County Fire Rescue responded to a 911 call from school staff members who reported that a student had collapsed.

The student was in the nurse’s station and was unconscious but breathing, the report states. It did not provide any further details on her condition or the extent of her injuries.

Wright was airlifted to MUSC where she died two days later.

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