Amy Joyner, sophomore at Howard High School of Technology, was killed by two unnamed girls over a boy in the girls bathroom shortly after school began on April 14th.
The witness Kayla Wilson observed, “She was fighting a girl, and then that’s when all these other girls started banking her- like jumping her- and she hit her head on the sink.” Unfortunately, no one realized the severity of the situation, as the 16-year-old was knocked unconscious. The paramedics rushed to the scene, and desperately tried to save her life.
To everyone’s dismay, the young student was not able to be saved as she was transferred to DuPont Children’s Hospital in critical condition. “I thought schools were a safe place. I think this is a dream and I’m trying to wake up. All I know is my daughter is gone. She was the love of my life and it hurts.” said Sonny Joyner, father of Amy.
Students who were friends with the victim spoke out about her. Nik Stryminski had said that “She didn’t believe in fighting, and the craziest thing was she died in a fight.” He had mentioned that earlier in the year she held him back from a fight and stepped in front of him and calmed him down.
“My baby is gone, and it hurts me to the core cause I never expected that I had to be up here saying rest in peace to one of my friends,” said close friend Andrea Wisher.”She was a lover not a fighter, that’s how she was.” Wisher added. Councilwoman Sherry Dorsey Walker and spokeswoman for the Francis-Joyner family explained in ABC 6 Action New, “This not a young lady who was involved in street activity. This is an honor roll student, manager of the wrestling team, whose mother and father were very engaged in her life, as well as her siblings.”
“She was real nice,” said Shane Gallagher, a member of the wrestling team. “She treated us like family and we treated her like family, and it hurts our hearts we can’t ever see her anymore.”
A memorial was built outside the school, and students looked to each other for comfort as they sent out 16 blue balloons, Amy’s favorite color, to pay their respects as a prayer was read. This tragedy opened up the eyes of schools and students across the nation, and was one small step toward the direction of a bully free society.