The 16-year-old Academic Magnet High School student who was involved in an isolated fire-related incident this week at the school has died.
A tragedy happened, and I cannot explain the unexplainable. A 16-year-old passed away yesterday from self-inflicted injuries that occurred on the campus Wednesday morning.
Aaron Williams’ clothes were on fire when other students saw him running toward the school in the parking lot. That’s when school officials called police and fire rescue. Although the investigation continues, Charleston County Superintendent Nancy McGinley says she has spoken with many school officials and students, and they all said good things about Williams.
From all accounts, he was a brilliant student. Wednesday was the first day he was absent all year. I had nothing but positive things said about him from counselors, teachers, administrators, fellow students. Again, it’s a tragedy that we hope never happens again, and we hope our students know there are other ways to handle issues that come up in your life.
McGinley sent out a voicemail to all parents of students at the school after Wednesday’s incident. She notified parents it was an isolated incident, and no other child was in harm’s way. McGinley says nobody saw anything like this coming from Williams.