Delaware Teenager Beaten to Death in High School Restroom

Amy-compressedWILMINGTON, Del. — A teenage girl died on Thursday after being beaten in the restroom of a Delaware high school.

According to reports, the incident took place at the Howard High School of Technology shortly before the start of the school day. Students report that the 16-year-old, Amy Inita Joyner-Francis, was arguing with another girl in the restroom when she was jumped by others.

“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,” Kayla Wilson said.

Some students recorded the incident on their cell phones.

Two of Joyner-Francis’ friends told the Delaware News-Journal that she had told them the night before that she was going to the restroom to “settle the beef.” Some reports state that the argument was over a boy, but the girl’s friends state it was not.

Paramedics were called and the teen was taken out on a stretcher and transported via helicopter to A.I. duPont Hospital for Children. Found in critical condition upon arrival, Joyner-Francis died of her injuries at the hospital.

Classes dismissed early on Thursday because of the incident.

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“This not a young lady who was involved in street activity,” Councilwoman Sherry Dorsey Walker, who is serving as a spokesperson for the family, told reporters. “This is an honor roll student, manager of the wrestling team, whose mother and father were very engaged in her life, as well as her siblings.”

A vigil was held outside of the school Thursday night, where some expressed frustration over the violence that plagues the community and that none intervened to stop the fatal beating.

“That little girl got beat up inside of a bathroom,” activist Malcom Coley lamented, according to local television station WPVI. “How many of y’all stopped it? Did anybody stop it?”

Some also prayed and sang spiritual songs as they cried out to Jesus.

Mayor Dennis Williams was noticeably shaken over the news as he held a press conference over the matter. He held back tears as he provided a brief statement.

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

Attorney General Matt Denn also expressed his disappointment over the incident.

“I’ve dealt with the details of a couple of dozen homicides, and they’re all tragedies,” Denn said. “But the brutal beating death of a child, allegedly at the hands of another child, in a school is shocking even to those of us whose daily work involves dealing with the aftermath of violence.”

City Councilman Nnamdi Chukwuocha told reporters that community leaders need to do more to reach young women as fights among female youth are not uncommon.

“Some of the worst fights I’ve seen in the community have been with the females,” she said. “We need to address the needs of the young women. As of right now, I don’t think we’re doing that.”

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  • Karen

    So if I understand correctly, she died because she hit her head?

    • Guest

      Sounds more like they pushed her into the sink, giving her a fatal head injury.

    • gizmo23

      Very easy to die from a head hit

    • Peter Blaise

      No, she died of injuries to her head from hitting a sink, which happened during a presumably weaponless “fight” between the victim ( a sports wrestler ) and a group of others.

  • gogo0

    more LGBT-inspired bathroom violence that would never have occurred if there was legislation keeping trans men out of the women’s bathroom! oh, wait…

    • Herb Planter

      rofl haha spot on 🙂

    • bowie1

      There is no indication this was associated with the transgender issue since they were all girls in a heated dispute.

      • BarkingDawg

        Your snark detector need recalibration.

        • bowie1


      • Peter Blaise

        ( read: sarcasm ).

  • Ken Faivor

    Very sad.

  • gizmo23

    We have taught or children that violence solves all problems. Very sad

  • TheBottomline4This

    So sad. i hope the girls who were directly involved and caused this girl’s death will be charged.

  • LadyFreeBird♥BlessedBeTheLord

    It is always sad when a teen dies so young.

  • Peridot Path

    Charge them with involuntary manslaughter.

    • This sounds more like murder. Considering that the fight was premeditated, it could be first degree murder. Involuntary manslaughter would be if they left the soap lying on the restroom floor and she slipped on it. That’s not what happened here.

      • Peridot Path

        With first degree murder , you have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that they
        intended to commit a murder , and that has to be agreed upon by all twelve jurors ,
        if they use a jury trial. The fight was premeditated but there has been no publicly
        released information indicating that anything other than just a fight was aimed for.
        When the legal system brings charges against anyone , they have to be able to prove it.
        In this situation , there seems to be a lack of sufficient evidence to prove first degree
        murder. In the close quarters of a school bathroom , someone falling can easily hit
        a fixture such as a sink.

  • Douglas MacGregor

    So I believe that this transgender craze by teenagers is meerly a way for them to get attention and they probably need psychiatric help. I believe as the Bible tells us about homosexuals so they have no quarter in my home.

    • Peter Blaise

      Facts contradict your beliefs, but trans gender is another topic, not here.