3 Students Suspended After Teen's Fatal Bathroom Beating

The victim's brother urged well-wishers not to donate to scams online

Three students involved in a fight at a Delaware school in which a teenager died have been suspended, according to a school official.

New Castle County Vo-Tech School District spokeswoman Kathy Demarest says the girls have been out of Howard High School of Technology since the assault last week. Sixteen-year-old Amy Joyner-Francis was killed in the confrontation.

Students who knew about the fight said they believe it was sparked by a dispute over a boy.

Joyner-Francis's brother, Anthony Joyner, said in a statement released by police that the family is "very hurt from this loss" and "appreciate the outpouring of love."

But, he added, people are spreading false rumors, including some about purported internet fundraising accounts.

"We are seeing many sick people out in the world who want to gain money and social fame off my family's loss of Amy. We want everyone who is truly concerned for us not to fall victim to the scams going on out around the Internet," Anthony Joyner said. "I am the only one on social media, any other family (her mother, father, or brothers) do not have accounts. She does not have a sister as someone is claiming to be. All others will be fake. We have not set up and will not set up any fundraisers or go fund me accounts, they are fake pages and accounts are spreading hateful lies, so please do not lose your money or entertain the lies of these cruel people."

He said anyone interested in making a donation can do so in his sister's name to the Congo Funeral Home, Wilmington.

"Thank you all for your love and support to my family in this time," Anthony Joyner said.

The girls' removal from the school was first reported by The News Journal.

Wilmington Police Chief Bobby Cummings says charges will be filed in the case, possibly by the end of the week.

School officials are hosting parent meetings this week to help address concerns and explain what counseling services are available at the school.

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