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School Bullying Claims An Eleven Year Old Victim

KFI news has reported that an 11 year old student at a Long Beach elementary school has died shortly after the conclusion of a pre-planned fight with a classmate.

An 11-year-old girl died after a preplanned fight with another girl, also 11, in an alley near Willard Elementary School, police said at a press conference held Saturday night.

The girl, identified by friends as Joanna Ramos, sustained undisclosed injuries after the off-campus fight Friday evening. Both of the girls then walked away.

Some time later, family members noticed Ramos wasn’t feeling well and drove her to a local emergency room. She underwent surgery Friday, was initially listed in critical condition, but was pronounced dead shortly before 9 p.m. Friday.

Apparently, the fight was over a boy, as reported by the Long Beach Press Telegram.

Police have not made any arrests, but have interviewed the girl who engaged in the fight with Ramos. Deputy Chief Robert Luna said there were about seven onlookers present at the time, and they have been interviewed as well.

Police did not say what prompted the fight, but friends said it was over a boy.

“They were fighting over a boy. I told the teacher and she said she would talk to all the girls on Monday,” said Stephanie Guadalupe Soltero, who said she was friends with the victim.

Long Beach Unified School District Superintendent Chris Steinhauser said there has been no indication that anyone at the school, at 1055 Freeman Ave., was notified about the impending fight or knew about it beforehand.

The superintendent said letters would go out to parents immediately, and that counselors would be provided when students return to class Monday.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the family,” Steinhauser said at the press conference.

Police said the students were involved in an after-school program, and at some point left the campus and went to an alley near the K-5 school to fight. Police did not disclose the nature of the injuries

Ramos sustained, but said no weapons were involved in the fight.

In light of the recent child abuse and molestation scandal, and the subsequent cover up, the teacher’s union is scrambling.  This might just be the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back for the all powerful union that is known for protecting criminals.  If it comes to light that adults at the school knew of the bullying, or even the pre-planned fight that took place and it has now resulted in the death of a child, there will be some serious backlash from the public.

It was not clear whether Ramos returned to school, or went home.

Some students said bullying had been a problem at the school, but Luna would not confirm whether that was an issue in this case. He also did not know whether the girls had problems in the past.

On Saturday, a shrine had been put up on the front steps of Willard Elementary, which has about 800 students.

Police said they were working to interview anyone with information – with knowledge that there were rumors going around about the girls and what caused the fight.

“We are still trying to put the pieces of this puzzle together,” Luna said.

The Los Angeles County Coroner had not yet performed an autopsy as of Saturday night. The Coroner will determine the exact cause of death.

The Police have put a security hold on the autopsy results, hopefully the reason for the hold is not related to any cover up.




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