Raniya Wright's Father Wants Answers

Father of killed 5th-grader still seeking information

Evan Smith
April 01, 2019 - 4:38 pm
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Questions continue to swirl surrounding the death of ten-year-old Raniya Wright, a fifth grader who was reportedly fatally injured during a fight in a classroom at Forest Hills Elementary School last week.

Now her father is speaking out for the first time since his daughter’s death.

Speaking at a memorial, Jermaine Van Dyke said he wanted justice for his daughter. He said he wanted to find out what happened, how it happened and who was involved.

Surrounded by his attorneys and State Representative Marvin Pendarvis of Charleston, Van Dyke was visibly upset and told the crowd that he had still received little to no information regarding the case, despite numerous attempts to contact law enforcement and the school district.

Van Dyke did meet with the school’s superintendent, but said the meeting yielded no real information of substance.

What we still don’t know: whether a teacher was in the classroom, what happened, and whether Raniya had been previously subjected to a pattern of abusive and bullying behavior – which is to say, whether this could’ve been avoided.

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