16-Year-Old Beaten to Death by Girls in School Bathroom & No One Does a Thing

Memorial service for Amy Joyner

Growing up, I was always taught to hit back if and when someone laid hands on me. While "growing up" wasn't that long ago for me, it's safe to say that my parents wouldn't likely give me the same advice now. After witnessing many fights go down, both IRL and virtually, I think there's one frightening fact of life that we've all learned. It's a fact that has certainly changed the rules: Fighting isn't a fair game or a means of settling things on the "playground" anymore; fighting seems to have become synonymous with fatality. There was a time when you could fight and weapons wouldn't be drawn, or it would be guaranteed to be one-on-one. However, that wasn't the case for Delaware 16-year-old Amy Joyner-Francis, who was left for dead in the bathroom of Wilmington's Howard High School.

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Joyner, an honor roll student, was brutally beaten by two other students -- and the fight was said to be over a boy. Unfortunately, she didn't make it after being airlifted to A.I. duPont Hospital in Wilmington.

One student spoke with WPVI-TV, describing the horrific act of violence: "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."

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Charges have yet to be filed, as the police continue to investigate this homicide to discover the exact cause of death and other unknown details. 

In the midst of people's coming together to mourn this tragic loss, a community leader managed to dish out a bit of harsh truth -- that these children don't know when to say when.

Not just those committing the act of violence, but those looking on, as well. WPI-TV reports that during a vigil, activist Malcom Coley bluntly said, "That little girl got beat up inside of a bathroom," and went on to ask a simple, yet chilling question: "How many of y'all stopped it? Did anybody stop it?"

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This is the unfortunate reality of today's teenagers, looking for a show to broadcast to the world without truly thinking about the consequences. And this occurred in a school that kicks off an annual anti-bullying campaign each spring. "The anti-bullying thing that schools put on, they don't really listen to 'em," one student reportedly noted during the vigil. "It honestly has to take something tragic like this to happen for them to actually open up their eyes."

If that's not a cry for help within our school systems, I'm not sure what is.

Coming straight from the source, it appears that these programs don't work the same in every community -- if at all. Now the question is, what are we going to do about it -- as a whole -- as a society? These acts of senseless violence are committed every day, whether the news covers them or not; but it's time that someone interfere and get these children the help and awareness they need. What are we going to do?

 

Image via WPVI/ABC

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