Lowcountry Senator addresses comments about death of RaNiya Wright

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MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCBD) – A Lowcountry Senator is being scrutinized after she made a variety of comments about the death of 10-year-old RaNiya Wright.

Senator Margie Bright Matthews told Count on 2 the information on the death of RaNiya Wright is second hand, churned out on social media and community gossip.

“Let me tell you what I know from my conversations with all the parties involved in the incident,” she said on the Senate floor. “It involved a 10-year-old girl, in her fifth-grade class, where there was a substitute teacher. It involved what appeared to initially be a simple back-and-forth between two young girls.”

Bright Matthews implied what she knows came from the students, the teacher, and the assistant principal.

But in a telephone interview with News 2, she clarified her sources.

“It was coming from social media, communications with folks in the community,” she said.

Those sources apparently told her RaNiya wasn’t in an actual fight.

“I’ve heard a lot of people say, ‘Oh they were kicking her. They ganged her.’ None of that. That’s so far from the truth. Not even banging of head, the head, that was not even an issue,” she remarked on the floor.

But when pressed, she backpedaled. “I said we’ve heard a lot of things. The autopsy report has not been returned, nor has the investigation been revealed, so.”

And acknowledged what she said was hearsay.

“I was not there. From base, and I’ve said it probably to every media outlet possible, I was not there.”

Bright Matthews says the comments she made at the Senate meeting were taken out of context and what she was trying to do was address the state’s education system.

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