Delaware Honors Teen Slaying Was On Sacred Ground: Amy Joyner Killing Sparks Outrage As School No Longer A Safe Haven For Kids

In a private ceremony within the coming days her family will celebrate her short life, and her remains will be interned at a final resting place. In what must be the saddest time for the family of young Amy Joyner, they’ll gather themselves and struggle with the reality of having to say their goodbyes to a promising girl, who many remember being “about love and not hate.” The child lost her battle to recover from traumatic injuries she sustained during a fight over a boy in a high school bathroom last week. It was an extremely difficult time for the entire Wilmington Delaware community, as exemplified through the towns Mayor, William Dennis’ struggle to convey his tearful remarks saying, “I am so upset that a young lady lost her life today. Things like this shouldn’t happen. My heart bleeds for the family, the kids who go to this school, the administrators and our city.”

Sources close to the investigation tell TPC that the Joyner teen was dating a boy at Howard High School, when an ex=acquaintance of the unknown male became enraged, and wanted to fight Amy Joyner. The girl who initially became involved in a physical confrontation with the Joyner teen, had reportedly direct her friends to join in and help her in the event that she began to lose the fight. Sources say that’s exactly what happened. As the girl became overwhelmed by Joyner in the fight, at least four other girls joined in, and began punching, kicking, and stomping the Joyner youth. A student in the bathroom at the time of the fight who witnessed the horrific ordeal (Kayla Wilson), told ABC News (Channel 6) that when the girls started jumping Joyner, her head hit a sink in the bathroom which rendered her unconscious.

Some have described the severe injuries that the Joyner youth sustained as being caused accidentally, when Joyner allegedly slipped during the fight. Other accounts describe her injuries as having been the direct result of one of the females ramming the teens’ head into the sink. While those details are being disputed and clarified through the investigation, one thing is certain and not in dispute, and that’s the claim that the girls continued their vicious and violent assault on Joyner after she became unconscious. That aspect of this entire tragic ordeal will determine the severity of criminal charges filed, or if any will be at all.

When details first emerged about the killing of a fifteen year old girl at the school, anger began to mount after it was discovered that the girls were fighting over a boy. Fights of this nature are not uncommon between teens. Its not the first time that a child lost their life to a fight, and its not the first time that a school kid had been jumped by a gang of their peers either. However, many can’t recall the last time a teen girl was killed in a fight, after being being jumped by a gang of girls in a high school bathroom. In the school of all places! One of the supposedly safest places for a child to be. The shock for many who wonder how such a tragedy could be allowed to happen in a school setting was only exacerbated by heartless social media rants, posted on Facebook by her alleged attackers.

One of the girls wrote of Amy, “Fuck This Retarted Nose Having Ass Biotch, She Ugly. We mad sure we killed that bitch. #ripamy BIOOTCH,” one of the social media post read. Another post stated, “I’m glad she is dead.” All of the post were later taken down, but the ignorance of these heartless children may come back to haunt them. Their callous actions and “as a matter of fact” personification even though a person lost their life as a result of this incident, may collectively cement their fate if the case goes to trial. Sadly though, the term “if” is major in this case. Its been over a week and no one has been held accountable for young Amy Joyner having lost her life. Officials have stated publicly that there are over 3000 documents of data pertaining to the case that have to be painstakingly looked over, and officials probably won’t file any criminal charges until the Joyner teen’s autopsy has been complete.

The surrounding community is awaiting the announcement of criminal charges, while their are those within the community who say that five other children have lost their lives as well, as Joyner’s attackers could potentially spend significant time in prison. Wilmington Mayor William Dennis who is a former police officer, told ABC News that “if the physical evidence shows that a person lost their life during the commission of a crime, then they absolutely should spend a significant amount of time behind bars.” The mayor’s sentiment seem to be echoed throughout the community as an exhaustion of violence among youth appears to be the theme, with some calling for the “resuscitation” of today’s youth during a memorial service held in the teens honor at a local church Friday evening.

Despite the outrage from the Wilmington community over the child’s death, there are some who say that Joyner’s attackers are just kids and should be treated as such. That perspective angers many following the child’s heartbreaking story. Children make mistakes all the time, but a very compelling argument is easily offered for such a posture, when most will submit to the errors of youthful delinquency, and question how many remember having joined in a gang beating that resulted in a person losing their life during their own development as a youth. One some don’t get is that, even after the Joyner youth became visibly unconscious, some of the girls continued to punch, kick, and stomp the child. All of which was allegedly captured on cellphone videos by witnesses in the bathroom who recorded the fight.

Those are the images that many believe should be the deciding factor of how the girls should be treated in the justice system. Its a brutal depiction of heartless cower, by a pack of savages who willingly participated in the killing of another human being, and there is a severe penalty that must be implemented for such behavior that cannot be allowed to persist within any civilized society. Their actions are in fact indicative of their home life, there environment, and their own personal willingness to participate in such a heinous crime. Amy Joyner is never coming home to her family again. She won’t be attending her junior or senior year high school proms. Her father will never be able to walk her down the aisle on her wedding day, and she’ll never bare children in this life. The family of those girls can visit them in prison for years to come.

In the last five years violent crime has continued to rise in the city of Wilmington Delaware. So prevalent that the city has been making national headlines for their volume of homicides per capita. While violent crime isn’t exactly a new social trait for the city of Wilmington, the violence has become alarming and the killing of a teen girl in a school bathroom seems to culminate just how systemic the violence has become in the Philadelphia suburb. That’s the subculture that was meted out in the girls bathroom at Howard High. A community gripped with crime that causes young people to emulate such acts of violence in everything they do, and teaches them that conflict resolution can only be obtained through physical confrontation.

These are the hard knock lessons of urban culture in modern day America, but with the lessons must come consequences. Some will argue that long prison terms aren’t the right answers for ignorant children who are in fact themselves victims of a violent and brutal social code in the world that they are coming up in. The hardships of coming up in communities with tough mean streets isn’t a new trend. Urban communities have always struggled with these kinds of social, political, and educational dilemmas. Failure to properly classify this very disturbing case for what it is would be a tremendous injustice to young Amy Joyner who lost her life in a school fight in a rivalry over a boy.

Time after time in various communities all over the country there are incidents where children are bullied and attacked for a variety of stupid reasons, and often times is always the exact same script. Usually some ignorant, unattractive kid, with self esteem issues, becomes jealously violent toward another student who is popular, outgoing, and has good grades. Their own perceived lack of self worth is usually predicated on other social issues within them individually as a direct result of rejection, family life, and lack of the fundamental physiological needs of acceptance and love. It very well may be these failures of those responsible for these girls’ development that caused such a violent and deadly outburst.

We must ask ourselves, who are these girls? What kind of home did they come from? Where did they develop such hatred and violence? What kind of individuals are these that willingly participate in beating another human being to death? The answers to those question most certainly will be sufficient in determining their individual fate for their role in this crime. When a child cannot successfully navigate the halls of the most basic sanctuary of their development (school), as a society we have failed them beyond measure. What the Wilmington community has created and allowed to manifest within the educational environment of their school system is alarming. Young Amy Joyner could have been anyone’s child. Let her life stand for the righteous indignation for change that must come in the wake of these dark hours, of a dark community, during these extremely troubling and dark times within our society.

 

The People’s Champion

I’m Crime Blogger David B. Adams

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In a private ceremony within the coming days her family will celebrate her short life, and her remains will be interned at a final resting place. In what must be the saddest time for the family of young Amy Joyner, they’ll gather themselves and struggle with the reality of having to say their goodbyes to a promising girl, who many remember being “about love and not hate.” The child lost her battle to recover from traumatic injuries she sustained during a fight over a boy in a high school bathroom last week. It was an extremely difficult time for the entire Wilmington Delaware community, as exemplified through the towns Mayor, William Dennis’ struggle to convey his tearful remarks saying, “I am so upset that a young lady lost her life today. Things like this shouldn’t happen. My heart bleeds for the family, the kids who go to this school, the administrators and our city.”

Sources close to the investigation tell TPC that the Joyner teen was dating a boy at Howard High School, when an ex=acquaintance of the unknown male became enraged, and wanted to fight Amy Joyner. The girl who initially became involved in a physical confrontation with the Joyner teen, had reportedly direct her friends to join in and help her in the event that she began to lose the fight. Sources say that’s exactly what happened. As the girl became overwhelmed by Joyner in the fight, at least four other girls joined in, and began punching, kicking, and stomping the Joyner youth. A student in the bathroom at the time of the fight who witnessed the horrific ordeal (Kayla Wilson), told ABC News (Channel 6) that when the girls started jumping Joyner, her head hit a sink in the bathroom which rendered her unconscious.

Some have described the severe injuries that the Joyner youth sustained as being caused accidentally, when Joyner allegedly slipped during the fight. Other accounts describe her injuries as having been the direct result of one of the females ramming the teens’ head into the sink. While those details are being disputed and clarified through the investigation, one thing is certain and not in dispute, and that’s the claim that the girls continued their vicious and violent assault on Joyner after she became unconscious. That aspect of this entire tragic ordeal will determine the severity of criminal charges filed, or if any will be at all.

When details first emerged about the killing of a fifteen year old girl at the school, anger began to mount after it was discovered that the girls were fighting over a boy. Fights of this nature are not uncommon between teens. Its not the first time that a child lost their life to a fight, and its not the first time that a school kid had been jumped by a gang of their peers either. However, many can’t recall the last time a teen girl was killed in a fight, after being being jumped by a gang of girls in a high school bathroom. In the school of all places! One of the supposedly safest places for a child to be. The shock for many who wonder how such a tragedy could be allowed to happen in a school setting was only exacerbated by heartless social media rants, posted on Facebook by her alleged attackers.

One of the girls wrote of Amy, “Fuck This Retarted Nose Having Ass Biotch, She Ugly. We mad sure we killed that bitch. #ripamy BIOOTCH,” one of the social media post read. Another post stated, “I’m glad she is dead.” All of the post were later taken down, but the ignorance of these heartless children may come back to haunt them. Their callous actions and “as a matter of fact” personification even though a person lost their life as a result of this incident, may collectively cement their fate if the case goes to trial. Sadly though, the term “if” is major in this case. Its been over a week and no one has been held accountable for young Amy Joyner having lost her life. Officials have stated publicly that there are over 3000 documents of data pertaining to the case that have to be painstakingly looked over, and officials probably won’t file any criminal charges until the Joyner teen’s autopsy has been complete.

The surrounding community is awaiting the announcement of criminal charges, while their are those within the community who say that five other children have lost their lives as well, as Joyner’s attackers could potentially spend significant time in prison. Wilmington Mayor William Dennis who is a former police officer, told ABC News that “if the physical evidence shows that a person lost their life during the commission of a crime, then they absolutely should spend a significant amount of time behind bars.” The mayor’s sentiment seem to be echoed throughout the community as an exhaustion of violence among youth appears to be the theme, with some calling for the “resuscitation” of today’s youth during a memorial service held in the teens honor at a local church Friday evening.

Despite the outrage from the Wilmington community over the child’s death, there are some who say that Joyner’s attackers are just kids and should be treated as such. That perspective angers many following the child’s heartbreaking story. Children make mistakes all the time, but a very compelling argument is easily offered for such a posture, when most will submit to the errors of youthful delinquency, and question how many remember having joined in a gang beating that resulted in a person losing their life during their own development as a youth. One some don’t get is that, even after the Joyner youth became visibly unconscious, some of the girls continued to punch, kick, and stomp the child. All of which was allegedly captured on cellphone videos by witnesses in the bathroom who recorded the fight.

Those are the images that many believe should be the deciding factor of how the girls should be treated in the justice system. Its a brutal depiction of heartless cower, by a pack of savages who willingly participated in the killing of another human being, and there is a severe penalty that must be implemented for such behavior that cannot be allowed to persist within any civilized society. Their actions are in fact indicative of their home life, there environment, and their own personal willingness to participate in such a heinous crime. Amy Joyner is never coming home to her family again. She won’t be attending her junior or senior year high school proms. Her father will never be able to walk her down the aisle on her wedding day, and she’ll never bare children in this life. The family of those girls can visit them in prison for years to come.

In the last five years violent crime has continued to rise in the city of Wilmington Delaware. So prevalent that the city has been making national headlines for their volume of homicides per capita. While violent crime isn’t exactly a new social trait for the city of Wilmington, the violence has become alarming and the killing of a teen girl in a school bathroom seems to culminate just how systemic the violence has become in the Philadelphia suburb. That’s the subculture that was meted out in the girls bathroom at Howard High. A community gripped with crime that causes young people to emulate such acts of violence in everything they do, and teaches them that conflict resolution can only be obtained through physical confrontation.

These are the hard knock lessons of urban culture in modern day America, but with the lessons must come consequences. Some will argue that long prison terms aren’t the right answers for ignorant children who are in fact themselves victims of a violent and brutal social code in the world that they are coming up in. The hardships of coming up in communities with tough mean streets isn’t a new trend. Urban communities have always struggled with these kinds of social, political, and educational dilemmas. Failure to properly classify this very disturbing case for what it is would be a tremendous injustice to young Amy Joyner who lost her life in a school fight in a rivalry over a boy.

Time after time in various communities all over the country there are incidents where children are bullied and attacked for a variety of stupid reasons, and often times is always the exact same script. Usually some ignorant, unattractive kid, with self esteem issues, becomes jealously violent toward another student who is popular, outgoing, and has good grades. Their own perceived lack of self worth is usually predicated on other social issues within them individually as a direct result of rejection, family life, and lack of the fundamental physiological needs of acceptance and love. It very well may be these failures of those responsible for these girls’ development that caused such a violent and deadly outburst.

We must ask ourselves, who are these girls? What kind of home did they come from? Where did they develop such hatred and violence? What kind of individuals are these that willingly participate in beating another human being to death? The answers to those question most certainly will be sufficient in determining their individual fate for their role in this crime. When a child cannot successfully navigate the halls of the most basic sanctuary of their development (school), as a society we have failed them beyond measure. What the Wilmington community has created and allowed to manifest within the educational environment of their school system is alarming. Young Amy Joyner could have been anyone’s child. Let her life stand for the righteous indignation for change that must come in the wake of these dark hours, of a dark community, during these extremely troubling and dark times within our society.

 

The People’s Champion

I’m Crime Blogger David B. Adams

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