According to Philadelphia’s Channel 6 ABC Action News, charges against three Howard High School of Technology students in Wilmington, DE could come as early as today in the death of Amy Joyner-Francis. While not specifying who gave the information, only giving a description of a law enforcement veteran, Channel 6 wrote:
A law enforcement veteran close to the investigation says Joyner-Francis was thrown to the floor during the altercation, and stabbed repeatedly with pencils. Then the source says one of girls slammed her head into a sink.
Only one will be charged with the actual murder:
Sources tell Action News one of the female students will be charged with the actual killing of Joyner-Francis. The other two will be charged as accomplices.
Earlier reports surrounding the use of knives in the assault appear to be false based on this information. Someone explained to me that if there are stab wounds they cannot administer CPR to a patient. Which made me wonder about the validity of that information once I heard that. Once the official information is released from the Wilmington Police Department, we will know what is real and what isn’t.
Updated, 5:41pm: Amy Cherry with WDEL announced earlier this afternoon a statement from Wilmington Police Dept. Chief Bobby Cummings. No charges will be filed this week, and despite the information Channel 6 ABC news gave last night, they reiterated there were NO weapons used in the murder. I’m not sure where a Philadelphia station is getting their information, but they may want to double-check that source!
Over on Kilroy’s Delaware a commenter named M Ryder wrote a reply about who should have files charged against them in connection with Amy’s death at Howard High School of Technology. Many have felt the administration of the school should have better coverage of student hallways in the beginning of the school day. Since they didn’t, I questioned whether they should be charged with gross negligence. I have always maintained that the parties directly involved in Amy’s death are ultimately responsible for her death. M Ryder definitely agreed with that but added some facts that I haven’t seen involving this story:
So kevin, the school should be charged that two students planned to meet in the bathroom to fight over a boy? The school should be charged because the girl who was losing the fight had girlfriends carrying knives? The school should be charged for the girlfriends who then ganged up on the girl who they stabbed and then forced down striking her head on the way down? The school should be charged? Really???
If this really happened, why did the Wilmington Police Department state there were no weapons involved? I asked M Ryder how he/she came about knowing this information but I have yet to receive a response. If there were stab wounds, those would be seen right away by the police. Superintendent Dr. Gehrt empathized Howard was a safe school just hours after the assault. When are we going to get full details about what happened that day and why am I smelling a cover-up? I thought it was ridiculous when someone mentioned there was talk about installing metal detectors at the school but if there were knives used in this crime, it is completely understandable.
I have no idea who “M Ryder” is, but they are usually accurate with their information they post on Kilroy’s Delaware. I can’t verify if the information M Ryder posted is credible, but given everything that went down that day and the actions of those in authority afterwards, I would not be surprised. As if this tragedy wasn’t already horrifying, this new aspect, if true, takes us further down the path of evil that came out that day.
We see it all the time. Video footage surfaces of fights, in and out of schools. They are all over social media. While this can be used as evidence in a criminal investigation, it also glorifies the actual fighting. Last week, Amy Joyner-Francis died from blunt force trauma to her head. While this has not been labeled as the “official cause of death” pending an autopsy, my hunch is it will be. Several students filmed the fight and watched. They did not intervene. Many of them cheered it on and formed a blockade so adults couldn’t get in to the bathroom at Howard High School of Technology. Many feel they should be charged as well. While they didn’t commit the act, they also did nothing that could have stopped it. As well, should schools act on these issues if the justice system does not? Please take the below poll and feel free to comment on this thread. There will be many different opinions so let’s keep it civil! If you vote “Other” please put what punishment or non-punishment you think they should get.