Parents discuss Colleton Co. School Board after 5th grader dies

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COLLETON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) Parents met at the Colleton County Memorial Library Wednesday as a call to action following the death of a fifth grade Colleton County school student. 

RaNiya Wright,10, passed away Wednesday morning after being airlifted to MUSC Monday following a school fight at Forest Hills Elementary School. The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office and the Colleton County School District has not released much information as it relates to this incident, read here. However, parents say the fight ensued due to bullying, and they are looking at ways to combat that. 

This bullying has to stop and it does start at home, so we have to hold ourselves accountable, said Dominique Felder

That could have been my daughter, a mother said who wished to remain anonymous.

Dozens gathered inside of the Colleton County Memorial Library Wednesday to discuss the issues they say they see within the school district. 

Our school district does not have the policies, the procedures, they find funding for the things they want and they are not putting our children first, said an anonymous parent. 

Colleton County issued the following statement Wednesday morning, and shortly after that, they shut down their Facebook page. 

Some said they need to spruce up and add additional policies that better protect the students. 

I want them to buckle down on the administration, policies for behavior in schools and on policies for bullies, said Fender. 

Another mother who spoke to News 2, wished to remain anonymous because she said her own son is a victim of bullying. “The school board does not help whatsoever, it’s like the parents don’t matter,” she said. 

She said she went to the school board to see what could be done and nothing happened. 

“Last year my son was in a situation like this, but God pulled him through,” she said. Unfortunately that’s not the case for this little girl and it’s sad that it is taking her death for people to start actually doing something. 

Other parents came forward in the meeting to let the crowd know that their children have also been bullied. Many ideas to help combat bullying were discussed such as:

  • More cameras in schools and in classrooms
  • Counseling for bullies and the bullied
  • Community programs that offer mentors to students 
  • Parents attending more school board and county council meetings

The parents who attended the meeting said that their presence at school board meetings and county council meetings will be more prevalent as they seek action. They have also vowed to take everything that was said from this meeting and bring it before the Colleton County School Board at their next meeting on April 16. 


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