Mayor: Girl posted threat on­line

Reports say War­ren stu­dent wrote about class­mate on so­cial me­dia

The Detroit News - - News - BY GE­ORGE HUNTER AND SARAH RA­HAL The Detroit News

War­ren — A 17-year-old girl who al­legedly killed her class­mate by stab­bing her in­side a War­ren Fitzger­ald High School class­room an­nounced on so­cial me­dia “what she planned on do­ing to” her for­mer friend, ac­cord­ing to the city’s mayor, while stu­dents, staff and par­ents gath­ered Thurs­day on the school’s foot­ball field to honor the vic­tim.

Danyna Gib­son died Wed­nes­day at St. John Ma­comb-Oak­land Hospi­tal in Madi­son Heights af­ter her class­mate al­legedly stabbed her twice in the chest in­side their sec­ond-pe­riod eco­nom­ics class. Po­lice said there was an­i­mos­ity be­tween the two girls be­cause of a boy they liked.

The al­leged as­sailant was ar­rested and is in po­lice cus­tody await­ing charges. Ma­comb County Prose­cu­tor Eric Smith said he plans to meet with War­ren in­ves­ti­ga­tors Fri­day to dis­cuss the case. The Oak­land County Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner’s Of­fice said Thurs­day that an au­topsy showed Gib­son died of mul­ti­ple stab wounds and ruled her death a homi­cide.

War­ren Mayor Jim Fouts posted on Face­book Wed­nes­day night that he’d heard the sus­pect had an­nounced her in­ten­tions to­ward the other girl on so­cial me­dia.

“We had a very heart-wrench­ing tragedy in War­ren to­day in­volv­ing a dis­pute over a boy that led to an un­think­able death by stab­bing in a morn­ing class­room,” Fouts wrote. “Both girls were honor so­ci­ety stu­dents and good friends.

“The older girl let her anger get in the way of good judge­ment (sic). I spoke with a friend of the fam­ily and she stated the older girl had ap­par­ently posted on so­cial me­dia what she planned on

do­ing to her good friend,” Fouts wrote. “Some­one on so­cial me­dia may have seen this and could have pre­vented this had they told some­one.

“I hope an ef­fort will be made at Fitzger­ald HS and other schools to en­cour­age young peo­ple to say some­thing if they have knowl­edge of a po­ten­tial dan­ger­ous con­flict. My heart also goes out to the par­ents of the young lady who lost her life, as well to the par­ents of the other girl who now must face a charge of mur­der!”

Fouts did not im­me­di­ately re­turn a phone call Thurs­day seek­ing com­ment.

War­ren Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Wil­liam Dwyer said his in­ves­ti­ga­tors planned to seek mur­der charges.

“It’s up to the prose­cu­tor whether it’ll be first- or sec­ond­de­gree mur­der,” he said. “We don’t make that de­ter­mi­na­tion.”

Smith said Thurs­day af­ter­noon he has not yet re­ceived a war­rant re­quest from War­ren po­lice.

“War­ren PD is go­ing through an ex­ten­sive in­ves­ti­ga­tion, and we are meet­ing with them first thing Fri­day morn­ing to go over the case and de­ter­mine what charges will be brought,” Smith said.

Univer­sity of Detroit-Mercy law pro­fes­sor Larry Du­bin said he didn’t want to dis­cuss any spe­cific case, but added if some­one broad­casts their in­ten­tion to kill some­one and car­ries it out, that would likely re­sult in first-de­gree mur­der charges.

“Gen­er­ally, the dis­tinc­tion be­tween first- and sec­ond-de­gree mur­der is pre­med­i­ta­tion,” Du­bin said. “A state­ment that an­nounces a per­son’s in­ten­tion to mur­der some­one in the fu­ture, who then car­ries out an act to ful­fill that in­ten­tion, would cer­tainly be rel­e­vant to pro­vid­ing a first-de­gree mur­der claim.”

At Fitzger­ald High, at least 500 stu­dents, staff and par­ents gath­ered un­der gray skies to honor Gib­son.

Many were tear­ful as they gath­ered around the Spar­tan logo in the mid­dle of the foot­ball field, where large pink “16” bal­loons were an­chored by bou­quets of flow­ers.

Gib­son was in­volved in the Na­tional Honor So­ci­ety, the school’s cross coun­try team, stu­dent coun­cil, ro­bot­ics club, color guard and march­ing band.

The march­ing band took the field at 1 p.m. in si­lence, with large pur­ple, yel­low and blue, bal­loon bou­quets fol­low­ing be­hind, which were re­leased af­ter a prayer in Gib­son’s mem­ory.

Lau­rie Fournier, su­per­in­ten­dent of Fitzger­ald Pub­lic Schools, joined stu­dents on the field, say­ing, “We at Fitzger­ald are a fam­ily.”

“I am ter­ri­bly sad that we are griev­ing for a stu­dent, peer and class­mate ... right now, our fo­cus is sup­port­ing all the stu­dents in this com­mu­nity,” Fournier said. “To­day is about hon­or­ing a young lady ... I ex­tend my sin­cer­est em­pa­thy to the fam­ily and the Fitzger­ald com­mu­nity.”

Me­dia was de­nied ac­cess to the prop­erty for the vigil and the school pro­hib­ited any staff or stu­dent in­ter­views.

Max Or­tiz / The Detroit News

Par­ents, teach­ers, and stu­dents gather and em­brace at the Fitzger­ald High School foot­ball field Thurs­day in honor of Danyna Gib­son, 16, who died af­ter be­ing stabbed in class on Wed­nes­day.

Max Or­tiz, / The Detroit News

Col­or­ful bal­loons are re­leased in mem­ory of Fitzger­ald High School stu­dent Danyna Gib­son, 16, as friends and fam­ily gath­ered on the school’s foot­ball field Thurs­day to re­mem­ber her.

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