The Death of Amy Joyner: When Violence Goes Too Far

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Social media has been on fire in the wake of a brutal beating that resulted in the death of 16-year-old Amy Inita Joyner. The fight broke out at 8:15 am on April 21, 2016 in the restroom of Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington, Delaware. Amy was attacked by fellow students and obtained critical injuries after her head was slammed into a sink. Amy was air lifted to the hospital where she eventually died. What was the cause of this senseless violence? A boy. Students at the school are saying that Amy and her attackers had an ongoing beef over a teenage boy.

The next day, a video appeared online of one of the girls that was allegedly apart of the attack on Amy being beaten in the school gymnasium by several students, both male and female. The beating went on for about one minute before a school official yelled at the students to break it up. While a few students attempted to break up the brawl, most just joined in on the attack. So here’s my question, when will the violence end?

Violence is an ongoing issue among young people. I’ve seen more fights in my lifetime than I could ever count and I’ve even been involved in my fair share. I understand what it’s like to be an angry teenager that feels like she has something to prove, I’ve been there. However, there comes a time where you have to grow up and realize that violence is not the answer. Unfortunately, Amy will never get the opportunity to learn this valuable lesson.

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I pray that this tragedy helps teens realize the immediate danger that you put yourself and those around you when you result to violence. We need to learn to be vocal about our issues rather than being confrontational. Everyone doesn’t always get the chance to get up and walk away after a fight, but I’ve never heard of anyone losing their life from simply talking out their issues.

Darshay K. Lampley is a Broadcast Journalism major and Creative Writing minor at Jacksonville State University. Upon graduating, she anticipates a lucrative career in the entertainment industry. Darshay is an entertainment journalist, on-air radio personality, and is currently writing her first book. Darshay believes that her ambition along with her strong faith in God will lead her down the pathway to success. "God is within her, she will not fail." Psalm 46:5

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