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16-Year-Old Girl Beaten To Death In High School Bathroom, Report Claims ‘Fight Was Over A Boy’

A 16-year-old girl reportedly died Thursday after being assaulted by several other students inside of a high school bathroom in Wilmington, Delaware.

ABC 7 Chicago reports that the fatal assault, which occurred at the Howard High School of Technology, took place Thursday morning. Mayor Dennis Williams issued an official statement at a news conference conducted shortly after the news of her death was confirmed.

According to the report, the city mayor needed to take a moment in order to compose himself while speaking during that press conference.

“I am so upset that the young lady lost her life today. Things like this shouldn’t happen. My heart bleeds for the family, the kids that go to this school, administrators, and our city.”

As seen in the footage, there were several moments during his statement when the mayor became very emotional and needed to pause to compose himself.

Victoria Gehrt, the superintendent of the New Castle County Vocational Technical School District, addressed her statement to “families, the community [and] friends of the district” – referring to the incident as an “unforeseen and unbelievable tragedy.”

“I want to reinforce to families, the community, friends of the district that this is a unforeseen and unbelievable tragedy for the family and that I’d like to reinforce to all that Howard is a safe school for our students and this tragedy that has occurred today is one that the Wilmington Police will be investigating.”

Dr. Stanley Spoor, the principal of Howard High School of Technology, shared a few more details in regards to the timeline of the tragic incident and its aftermath in a statement of his own.

“Several female students were involved in a physical altercation approximately 8:15 AM this morning in a main floor female restroom just about the time that classes were set to begin for the day… Emergency services were contacted and were on the scene in minutes… Her parents are at the hospital as well as school administrators and counselors to provide support to the family and students. The student is a 10th grader from New Castle and we believe that there were two other students involved in the incident.”

Several witnesses and two girls were reportedly interviewed by detectives at the Wilmington Police Department.

Student Kayla Wilson claimed that she was inside of one of the bathroom stalls when the fight broke out. According to Kayla, the fight initially started off as a one-on-one altercation that escalated when other students got involved.

“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.”

According to the report, some of the high school students told reporter Chad Pradelli that the “fight was over a boy.”

Medics performed CPR on the 16-year-old victim at the school. She was then taken on a stretcher to a state police helicopter which transported her to A.I. duPont Hospital for Children. According to the report, she was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Parents and guardians were contacted immediately and asked to come pick up their children from the vocational-technical high school. They were apparently given very little information in regards to the severity of the incident.

As of now, the identity of the 16-year-old girl has not been revealed publicly and there have been no criminal charges announced.

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