Judge Weighing Whether to Try Student Involved in Delaware School Bathroom Death as Adult 


A Wilmington, Delaware police detective has revealed new details in the April 21 death of 16-year-old Amy Inita Joyner-Francis in a Family Court hearing on Aug. 8.

Atlanta Black Star reported that Amy was jumped in a Howard High School of Technology bathroom by three girls over a boy. The 16-year-old suffered a head injury in the altercation that claimed her life.

According to The Associated Press, Wilmington police detective Thomas Curley stated that Amy was in an online group chat on April 20 giving her friend relationship advice.

Trinity Carr, Zion Snow and Chakeira Wright were brought into the chat and this is when the misunderstanding took place. Trinity believed that Amy offended her but Amy’s comments were not geared toward her according to Curley’s testimony.

The detective said that there was a Snapchat video showing Amy attempting to diffuse the situation. However, the three girls insisted on fighting Amy.

In the video post, the three defendants can also be heard allegedly saying, “She’s scared. She’s scared. We gonna get her.”

In addition, Curley testified that one of the defendants wrote in an online post instructing Amy to wear sneakers.  However, the 16-year-old sophomore wore sandals on the day of the fight, he said.

Delaware state prosecutors called for the hearing to request that Trinity — the teen seen punching Amy on the initial April 21 video — could be tried as an adult, per Delaware Online.

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