A 16-year-old female student from Howard High School of Technology in Delaware is dead after she was assaulted at school, according to the Daily Mail. The teen got into an argument with another girl in the high school restroom allegedly over a boy. After the pair began fighting, witnesses say a gang of girls jumped the teen and one slammed her head into a sink. The teen was taken to the hospital but would die from her traumatic injuries.
Following the incident, the teen was flown to A.I. DuPont Children’s Hospital in critical condition. However, it was revealed that medical officials were unable to save the teen and she has since been pronounced dead. The incident took place at 8:15 a.m. as classes were beginning at the Howard High School of Technology located in Wilmington, Delaware. According to ABC 6, the teen who died in the violent fight was a sophomore.
One witness who says she was in another stall when the fight broke out in the bathroom says that the girls were initially fighting over a boy. However, as the pair began to fight, a group of girls jumped the unnamed 16-year-old and began beating her.
“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.”
Following the horrific assault, the Wilmington Police Department says that two girls believed to have partook in the fight along with several witnesses are at the police station being questioned by detectives. With the teen dying, police are now looking at a potential murder or manslaughter case which occurred on school property. The name of the victim has not been released but the effects of the death are already being seen as classes were cancelled at the school following the incident and students could be seen leaving the school in tears.
Witness tells me the Howard HS sophomore was fighting another girl in bathroom when she got jumped. pic.twitter.com/R2MNkYYjuz
— Chad Pradelli (@chadpradelli) April 21, 2016
Mayor Dennis Williams gave a brief press conference following the teen’s death in which he appeared distraught as he tried to compose himself enough to speak with the press. In his statement, Mayor Williams said his “heart bleeds” for the victim’s family.
“I’m so upset that a 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.”
The superintendent as well as the Howard principal also gave brief speeches during the press conference calling the incident “unforeseen” and not an accurate reflection of the safety of the school as a whole. The principal of Howard notes that the altercation happened in the female restroom and occurred between all female students. He reports that emergency medical help was at the scene within minutes and the teen was sent via a state police helicopter to the local AI children’s hospital.
He notes that the school has since learned that the teen’s family is at the hospital along with school administrators and counselors. Though witnesses say the girl was jumped by a “gang” of girls, the principal reports that there are only two girls that the police believe were involved in the incident and they are currently being questioned by Wilmington police detectives.
The police note that they cannot release specific details about the incident at this time as the investigation is still underway. However, it was noted that counselors would be on the scene at Howard to assist students struggling from the news of the teen’s death.
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