Amy Inita Joyner-Francis, a student leader known for being a peacemaker, was tragically killed during a brawl in the girls bathroom of Howard High School in Wilmington, Delaware.
“If I were to have kids I’d want them to hang around someone like her,” Howard sophomore, Troy Johnson, told Delaware Online. Amy was a good influence on her peers with her calm personality,” he said.
Other students at Howard have similar stories. Nik Stryminski told the publication that Amy had actually prevented him from fighting. When things got heated between Stryminski and another student during a math class, he recalls Amy backing him into a corner in an attempt to calm him down.
“She wasn’t worried about herself. She was worried about me not fighting,” he said. “She didn’t believe in fighting, and the craziest thing is she died in a fight.”
According to the teen, Amy likely entered the bathroom with her killers that morning to talk things out—not to fight. Unfortunately, a physical altercation ensued, and Amy was mortally wounded.
“It’s not even like she went in there to fight. She went in there to talk things out,” he said.
There has been a bit of speculation surrounding what caused the fight. While some outlets have reported that the brawl began over a boy, Howard students have taken to social media insisting that while a boy definitely played a role in the fallout, there was a lot more to the story.
According to ABC 7, the fight broke out around 8:15 a.m. just as classes were set to begin. According to one report, the victim hit her head on a bathroom sink during the altercation.
“She was fighting a girl, and then that’s when all these other girls started banking her – like jumping on her,” said one student, who was in a bathroom stall when the fight broke out.
Amy was airlifted to A.I. duPont Hospital for Children where she was pronounced dead.
“I’m so upset that the young lady lost her life today. Things like this shouldn’t happen,” said Mayor Dennis Williams. “My heart bleeds for the family, the kids that go to this school, administrators and our city.”