Walterboro Community unhappy with results from Raniya Wright death investigation

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Walterboro, S.C. (WCBD)The National Action Network, a civil rights group, gathering outside of the Colleton County Courthouse on Tuesday evening to discuss the death of 10-year-old Raniya Wright—who passed away on March 27th, 2019 after a fight in her 5th grade classroom at Forest Hills Elementary School. 

Officials say her death was caused by a pre-existing brain condition.


The family of Raniya Wright and many in the community say that they are not satisfied with the results of the death investigation.


Anderson Grant, President of the National Action Network in Colleton County, says, “We just want to get the answers.”


The national action network says that they would like for officials at the Colleton County School District and the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office to release more information on the death of Raniya Wright.


Grant says, “It seems to be that there may be some other information that should be made available that has not been made available as of yet.”


He says that there are inconsistencies in the death investigation of the 5th grade student and the community is unsettled & needs to know more.


Grant says, “Losing a young one at that age is very tragic, therefore we want them to attempt to be satisfied with all the results and have no kind of questions in mind.”


After the Coroner’s Report determined that the death was caused by a pre-existing brain condition & not from the fight— Ashley Wright, the mother of Raniya, disagreed.


She says, “My daughter was in good spirits that morning.”

Ashley Wright says that she never knew her daughter had a brain condition. The National Action Network says that they are standing with the mother & the community who question the cause of death.


Grant says, “Did this scuffle or fight bring on the effects that possibly caused her death?


The Colleton County’s Sheriff’s Office Investigators previously stated that the fight was not a case of bullying, but the National Action Network is asking for more clarification on how that has been determined.


Grant says, “Bullying is a big matter. We live in a society where bullying is prevalent.”


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