A South Carolina State legislator is catching heat from the residents of Walterboro, SC, for sharing details about 10-year-old RaNiya Wright, who died on March 27, two days after a classroom fight with another 5th grader.

Senator Margie Bright Matthews addressed questions surrounding RaNiya's death during a Senate meeting on Tuesday.

She said RaNiya was not kicked in the head or attacked by several students, as was previously reported.

She said a substitute teacher was in the classroom with about 20 students when a fight broke out between RaNiya and another student. The senator said the "brief" altercation involved "shoves and slaps." She said the girls had argued throughout the day.

The two students were separated by school administrators or the school's resource officer, and RaNiya and the other girl continued to argue in the principal's office.

Suddenly RaNiya grabbed her head, complained of a headache, vomited and collapsed on the floor.

She was still breathing but unresponsive in the nurse's office when medics arrived minutes later. She was transported to a local hospital with what medics described as "an apparent minor injury." Then she was airlifted to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, where she was placed on life support.


Bright Matthews said she spoke with school officials and RaNiya's grandmother to determine what happened after RaNiya died unexpectedly on Wednesday.

Community residents were angry that Bright Matthews shared details about RaNiya's death so close to her funeral.

"It was inappropriate this close to the funeral," said one mourner, according to Fox News reporter Cody Alcorn.

One irate Twitter user wrote: "@margieBmatthews you need to tell us how you "know" what happened to #RaniyaWright when her family doesn’t even know. No matter what happened A CHILD IS DEAD. Smh."

The Colleton County Sheriff's Office and the school district refused to confirm or deny Bright Matthews’ statements, or reports that the youngster died from bleeding and swelling in her brain.

The Colleton County School District said the Colleton County Sheriff's Office was still conducting a "thorough investigation" into RaNiya's death, so details are still being withheld.


RaNiya's mother, Ashley Wright, said her daughter was constantly bullied in school, but officials have not stated that bullying sparked the fight.

The Sheriff's Office stated the fight is being investigated as a "simple assault." No criminal charges have been filed against the other 10-year-old girl, who was suspended from school "indefinitely."

At a news conference on Monday morning, RaNiya's father, Jermaine Van Dyke, said he was looking for justice for his daughter.

"I'm looking to just to find out what happened, how it happened and who was involved, that's really it," he said.

An autopsy was completed on Friday, but the coroner said results from tests could take "several weeks."

Results from the final autopsy report will not be released until the final police investigation is complete, said Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone.

Hundreds attended RaNiya's life celebration on Wednesday. Students who attended the services were given an excused absence from school.

Fellow classmates at Forest Hills Elementary School will wear RaNiya's favorite colors, pink and purple, during a day of Remembrance on Friday. Staff will include two crisis support teams with more than 20 members, according to WALB10 News.

On Wednesday, the school district acknowledged the community's many questions and concerns about what happened to RaNiya.

"We realize and appreciate that people want to know exactly what happened in this incident," said Sean Gruber, a spokesman for the Colleton County School District.

"Now is the time for our community to mourn the loss of a child. The facts of this tragedy will become clearer in the weeks ahead."

After the funeral, RaNiya's white coffin was transported to her final resting place in a white carriage drawn by two white horses.

"Your wings were ready, but our hearts were not," said a message on the carriage's windows.

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    Sickle cell

  • Alicia.Ashe

    Sad. Prayers for the family.

  • Renee26

    Prayers to this family... I smell a cover up of sorts

    "medics described as 'an apparent minor injury.' Then she was airlifted to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, where she was placed on life support."

    Contradicting statements ?

  • TransMichelle

    "At a news conference on Monday morning, RaNiya's father, Jermaine Van Dyke, said he was looking for justice for his daughter." TRANSLATION: I"m looking for a payday!

  • WinterIsComing

    I don’t understand why folks would be mad at the timing of the release of information from the Senator. Folks just like to be outraged.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Poor thing! RIH

  • Topic Influencer

    This sounds just crazy. RIP to the baby and sads for the fam and the kids who witnessed it and the teachers etc. But yall cannot control this senator and should be thankful IMO she is trying to get to the bottom of shit. Like MOVE AROUND. And NOT in a circle. Bc THEN you are in your OWN way. To the left or to the right. Pick one.

  • Vonn

    Unless Margie Bright Matthews was present in the room when the altercation took place, or there is unaltered video of the full altercation...She needs to stfu.

  • Gowns. Beautiful Gowns

    i like baby girl t-shirt..
    RIP angel...smh senseless

  • datjerk

    If the fight was that minor, then maybe she had a unkown pre-e issue

  • brooklyn23

    Well get out my head pls because me tink the same thing

  • SpiceGirl

    Just sad all the way around!

  • MJF

    If it were a minor injury, she wouldn't have to be airlifted. Poor babygirl... RIP. I hope the truth comes out.

  • sunni_daze

    First they were made because they couldn't get answers and now people are mad that they actually got an answer.

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  • iWasteTime

    Nah. That wasn't inappropriate.
    People were just on fire wanting to know what happened.
    Now we know.

  • Marlika

    Who really gives a phawk!? People are outraged at the wrong things. Be outraged at her mama getting over $45,000 in go fund me account. Be outraged that kids are being bullied at school. Be outraged at the parents/ guardians of the bullies!!! ??????

    I’m going out to enjoy this beautiful day God has giving us. I’m not entertaining foolishness today!!

  • xenaD

    My sentiments exactly

  • Renee26

    School doesn't wanna get sued. I bet the first account of what happened came from the kids who witnessed it. One of em probably pulled out a phone and got it on video too... Just wait

  • Renee26

    Exactly... The school is trying to cover their asses. The first story said the sub left the room and the kids got in a fight where she was choked out ... Where the kick in the head and getting jumped come from??

    Somebody check Worldstar for the footage

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    Tragedy equals get a big go fund me check now a days

  • Roderick2011

    I assume they meant minor external injuries.
    Brain injuries don't necessarily leave obvious external injuries.

  • Renee26

    Her daddy looks like Floyd Mayweather

  • Curtis

    Those two black girls were fighting all day according to the senator.
    Kids from good families don't fight in school. These two girls came from some dysfunctional shi...t.

  • Ghost

    ?????? For the family....the loss of a child is always hard.

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    Look like a hoodlum

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    Bunch of country ass finger licking people in the Carolinas

  • Faithz

    Help Us Dear God, RIP...

  • TransMichelle

    Yep, people making more money with gofundme than they make in a year!

  • jazmine

    This don’t make a damn bit of sense. Wth is there to be mad about??

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  • T865!

    More sympathy is given if this child was “jumped” by several students than if it was a fight between her and another student. It’s very unfortunate what happened to her, but a fight between children is common although in most cases no one loses their life.

  • T865!

    I see you’re still being an idiot today?. “Kids from good homes don’t fight in school”

  • Dowoop

    Headaches and vomiting screams concussion, why was it labelled a minor injury?

  • Phillybruh

    You are dysfunctional, Kids no matter the backround bicker and yes even fight no matter the race or how good the family is.

  • Dowoop

    Nah they just get guns and shoot it up instead.

  • Phillybruh

    I thought she was strangled early stories said the other child choked her?

  • Renee26

    Exactly... What did the kids who witnessed it say?? Can't trust these adults

  • Renee26

    Exactly... Medics know better

  • Leigh Burton

    I think the other child beat up Raniya much worse!

  • Renee26

    Ok... Kill everybody cause they got bullied

  • Phillybruh

    Probably a mix of the two stories. They should ask the child no one talks too they usually give the best details.

  • Renee26

    Yep... Sitting back observing everything in silence

  • Dowoop

    They must be one of those medics whose parents paid to get them into school.

  • Fire & Ice

    Sounds like the school and these elected officials are trying to do damage control ???

  • Sassie

    Wait. So if she wasn't kicked in head or if she didn't fall and hit her head on something, what actually happened to her? How did she die?

  • hottlanta

    Did yall read where the white guy who beat the black woman for parking her car in the wrong spot that the charges r being dropped for him n now they r charging her. He said he was in fear of his life when she said she was going 2 get someone else to whup his azz while he was whupping her azz. ??

  • Shawty

    That's the question of the day. How did that baby die? Was she struck with something in the head and the administrator didn't see it? A kid fight with just hand and no falling down to possibly bump the head doesn't usually lead to death. Something's not right here. I smell a cover up.

  • hottlanta

    Naw they build guns in their parents garage n buy raincoats in the summertime.

  • hottlanta

    Dont dont have any problems with petty nunes suing over a dayum cow.

  • Ebony Starr

    And she was unresponsive, how does that conclude to minor injury?!!!

  • Kanyade

    yeah and i saw where one lawyer said she would defend the woman for free.

    absolutely ridiculous.

  • Lady_Elle

    So... you know this based on hearsay?
    Their households are dysfunctional because they don't know how to resolve conflict?

  • Marlika

    Using education in psychology, I tell by your ignorance Sir that you yourselves come from a dysfunctional family.

  • Vonn

    That's me.

  • Vonn

    According to the Senator...that did not witness a damn thing.

  • Vonn

    The Sheriff's Office is still investigating this. Why is Margie commenting on an investigation that is not complete, especially since she really doesn't know what happened? She's sharing hearsay.

  • OvertheMississippi

    A pre-existing condition like Kandi’s ex after a fight.

  • I’m Just Saying

    this is incorrect. his charges have not been dropped. her charges were dropped after pressure from the community.

  • Vegas1989

    That's crazy...He was one & twoing her in head and he gets off free...and she get charged..SMH….I would have tore up his car and everything....SMH

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  • Renee26

    Do target practice in the backyard and tell their parents to mind their fruckin business

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  • brooklyn23

    Speaking of which. So I had to make a run about a week ago, I think it was east new York ( Brooklyn). So I'm passing through the hood and I see a group of teens surrounded by a car. Apparently some girl was hitting on another girl who was leaned backwards on the hood of the car, and another girl (I caught a quick glimpse) was filming while all the other kids were just looking on . Shit be all entertaining and fun until someone gets seriously hurt and or killed. It was night time too like 9 something close to 10. Like they should've been home wtf.

  • hottlanta

    They were charging her with felonies but not him. Said she damaged his truck but he got charged with public intoxication interfering with an emergency call n assault all misdemeanors. But she kick a truck not a human being it is a felony.

  • hottlanta

    Attempted murder he should have been charged with.

  • Baaba Sanders

    This story is sad all around. A beautiful soul lost her life and another is about to live the rest of her life with guilt with what happened. Sad!

  • EasyBreezy

    Wow. I remember that.

  • I’m Just Saying

    you have to read up on the news. he was recharged...his new charges include felonies. she was charged with criminal mischief which is a felony but her charges have been dropped. you can find it on multiple news sources.

  • currvalicious

    Me too. Much worse that they're trying to spin it. Trying yo avoid lawsuits, & firings. I think Raniya sustained a couple blows to the head by the other student. That's what I believe caused the damage.

  • Alextra Ballard

    I wonder would RaNiya be alive today if her teacher or an adult would have intervene. The SC school district has a policy that teachers can’t intervene when students are fighting,because they fear of getting sued or hurt. We’re tawkin about two ten year olds not teenagers...

  • Renee26

    Crazy... They do it all for the internet. Sometimes they plan the fights for likes

  • hottlanta

    Just got my new link. Folks raising hell about it paid off.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    She should stfu since she wasn’t there.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    Fuuuck Texas man.

    Texas let them bikers walk free after 9 MFs DIED! That cop walking into the “wrong” apartment. That teen girl in McKinney getting beat at a pool party.

  • justlooking

    She should have shut up. Curious...was the other kid white?

  • Missy

    I know i didnt just read what i thought i read. Nope.

  • justlooking

    Is this the case?

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    What happened?

  • Raquel

    If my child dies at school I'm burning that muthaf*cka down, albeit with no one in it, but ain't gonna be no more "school". Im telling ya'll....I will go to jail for question. You take mine, I'm taking SOMETHING of yours. Simple asf.

  • Raquel

    Who knows. They probably needed her organs like Kennisha (sp) Jenkins. ?

  • Raquel

    What??! That's dumb. I came from a good a** family....parents married 39 years....I fought jealous b*tches when I had/needed to. Where you come from don't mean sh*t when you gotta hold ur own.

  • Whirl

    Sad all the way round

  • Topic Influencer

    That is your oldest niece new saying. I stole'd it lmaooo.

  • hottlanta

    I was informed but the news changed today when everyone raised hell. I saw yesterday all day where his charges were dropped.

  • ?? Kari ?????????

    So she shoved and slapped her. She hit her head. Sounds like more went on than ‘not do bright’ Mathews is letting on...

  • KJBibleOnSlavShips

    We as THE most High Yah's people need to stand up and protect one another!!!

  • OvertheMississippi

    No conclusion yet, but that it what’s being implied. Politician spoke too soon attempting disspell rumors and outrage.

  • PlayerP

    Makes you wanna holla...

  • hottlanta

    Betta say it. Roland was going in last night when he saw that all charges against him were dropped but they were charging her. Just boggles the mind. I am glad folks said hell 2 the naw.

  • AndSo

    I seen no so such news story. They said yesterday that they UPPED the charges on the white guy and that the district attorney dropped the charges against the black victim for damaging the white guy's truck (which is apparently why he lost it on her physically in the first place).

  • AndSo

    You were misinformed, then.

  • Ariel

    That lady needs to mind her business...not her child, not hers to speak on. Period!

  • Chocolate Bliss

    STFU! You white gorillas are going extinct as we speak. That's why you all are trying to stop immigration in this country. Not even human with your cave man genes. The sun hates your kind and the earth vomits your kind up. Your women are breeding with other races in record numbers. The anti abortion bill is in response to your colorless harlots of Babylon women that have abortions like they're at the drive thru. Can't get your population up to compete against everyone else that will out number you sad violent crazy neurotic murderous bastards of satan.

  • Gamer?? Chick

    Talk about a Read!

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  • justlooking

    Yeah, she should have shut up. A white woman would never speak out about a white family. PERIOD.

    Many of don't know better and from from LOYAL. Damn shame

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  • dontgetblocked

    Somebody needs to speak up. What the phuck happened?? A ten year old child drops dead and don't nobody know nothing? Where's the child's mother? Why does her father look like he's 17? How come autopsy reports take so damn long? Something ain't right here? i need to Google this story. I need some answers before I roll up on that bad azz killa of a classmate and snatch her criminal azz up!

  • Bee jaay Cee

    Where? I never read that they dropped charges on him. Only that they added charges. Even showed video that he shaved his beard that was hiding his weak ass chin.

  • Moon Lee

    Saddened, R.I.P. babygirl????

  • Rhondalousey

    The students attended the funeral ? Oh hell no. Not one of those bastards would have been up in my baby's funeral. This is sad, i want answers.

  • Rhondalousey

    Or taking yours, bump that!

  • B.Loveitt

    Heartbreaking ?

  • B.Loveitt

    I totally agree!!!

  • B.Loveitt

    I agree just take that "s" off of mine. I await my dragging but it still won't negate the fact that the "s" is not needed to show possession. It's no lie we have to be the million percent better than others


  • Coco17

    This is tragic and senseless, Rest heaven little angel.

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  • Jussjess25

    They don't care. They will pay the family a couple of dollars and that will be the end of it

  • Jussjess25

    She didn't drop dead she had a fight and was choked out and died. Just mentioning what I read

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  • KLove

    ENY....thats my hood!!!! I live in the A now tho lol

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  • ??LordHell2TheNaw??

    I’m in tears after reading this?for the love of me I just don’t get it....smh

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