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Death of 10-year-old involved in school fight declared a homicide

Fifth-grade student Joanna Ramos died last week after an altercation with a female classmate in Long Beach, California.
Fifth-grade student Joanna Ramos died last week after an altercation with a female classmate in Long Beach, California.

  • 10-year-old girl fights with classmate in an alley and dies at hospital six hours later
  • Authorities: Fight between girls lasted less than one minute; weapons not involved
  • Grief counselors helping instructors and students at Willard Elementary

Opinion from Deb - This is awful...just awful!  I'm not saying that this can only happen to a child enrolled in a public and/or private school system, but it sure is a lot more likely...  Just one more reason to homeschool.

Post originated here.  
Los Angeles (CNN) -- Officials have ruled the death of a 10-year-old girl who got into a fight last week to be a homicide, authorities said Monday.
Joanna Ramos, a fifth-grade student at Willard Elementary School, died of blunt force trauma to the head six hours after an altercation with a female classmate that lasted less than a minute, said Long Beach Police spokesman Sgt. Rico Fernandez.
Authorities have identified the other girl, who is 11, as well as several onlookers, and they are continuing to investigate what happened.
"There are several accounts of what transpired based on interviews with witnesses, but we have not concluded the precise motive," Fernandez said.
In a statement, police said Ramos and her unidentified classmate had challenged each other to a planned fight when their school session ended Friday. "The two girls met in a nearby alley next to a church and began hitting each other," Fernandez said.
The fight was brief, and no weapons were involved, authorities said.
According to Long Beach Unified School District spokesman Chris Eftychiou, Ramos finished her regular school session at 2:12 p.m. Friday and was supposed to remain on campus to begin her scheduled after-school program at 2:30.
"We believe the altercation occurred during that 15-minute window because she apparently left and returned for the session, which involves help with homework and academic-related activity," said Eftychiou.
After the fight, the girls left and went their separate ways.
Ramos stayed in the afternoon session for about an hour but did not exhibit obvious signs of physical trauma, said Eftychiou. "When she did complain of not feeling well, her cousin picked her up, but we had no indication she was involved in an altercation," he said.
"Only when she was at the hospital did we get word about the altercation, and there is no indication that bullying was a factor," said Eftychiou.
Once the investigation and autopsy are complete, the findings will be turned over to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office for review and to determine whether charges will be filed in the case.
No arrests have been made, authorities said.
On Monday, grief counselors were brought into Willard Elementary to assist instructors and students. "It was a somber day," said Eftychiou.
Ramos had been enrolled at the school for about a year and a half, he said.

Pinson Valley Student Arrested With Loaded Gun

Just another reason why I homeschool....  This seems to be an increasingly common occurrence across the country.

Article found at Al.com:  Feb. 3, 2012 PINSON, Alabama - A Pinson Valley High School student was arrested after school officials found a loaded semi-automatic pistol in his backpack, authorities said today.

Jefferson County sheriff's Chief Deputy Randy Christian gave this account: the 15-year-old student on Friday forgot his book bag when changing classes and another student turned it in to the school office. When the student came to the office looking for his bag, he appeared highly anxious and nervous.

School administrators searched the book bag and found the loaded gun inside. The student claimed the bag as his own, however he denied any knowledge of the gun.

Deputies called to investigate learned the student had been seen with the gun by others.

The student was arrested for carrying a pistol without a license and taken to the Jefferson County Youth Detention Facility.

"Our young people are in school to get an education, grow socially and mature into a productive member of society. There is certainly no valid reason to be armed," Christian said. " It's just a ridiculous choice to make, even for a 15-year-old. Ridiculous."

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