The death of a 12 year old is bringing the Moss Point School District together while police look into what exactly happened. Lorel Malone just transferred to Magnolia Middle School two months ago and his grandmother tells News 25 that he used to tell her a boy at his new school wanted to fight him. Now that the 7th grader has passed, the Moss Point School District is doing all they can to ease the pain of all the families affected. Family members are inconsolable after Malone passed away following a fight yesterday at Magnolia Middle School in Moss Point. Lakenisa Nobles, Malone’s mother, says, "The only thing I can say right now is my son, Lorel, was a sweet little boy. If you knew him, you loved him. If you met him, you’re going to meet him again."
After the fight Thursday, the 7th grader was airlifted to U.S.A. Hospital in Mobile where he later passed. Pastors from Singing River Hospital counseled students during the school day and counseled the staff in the afternoon. Dr. Maggie L. Griffin, Superintendent of the Moss Point School District, says, "Because we, like everyone else, we need that too." Magnolia Middle School has only been open since the fall. Joanne Pettaway, the Principal of Magnolia Middle, says, "We are coming together, not only as a school and a community, but also as a district and a community." Malone's grandmother, who chose not to speak on camera, says he would tell her that he was bullied at Magnolia. Moss Point Police are withholding details of the case while they continue to investigate. Chief Keith Davis of the Moss Point Police Department says, “To the parents of this community, talk to your children. Whatever information is out there, certainly the police department would like to know it.” Malone’s grandmother says Malone had only been attending Magnolia Middle since January of this year, and news of his death angers parents of other Magnolia students. Jessica Moore, a parent of a Magnolia Middle student, says, "You have to go to work in the morning and you are trusting your kids in these folks' hands. Something needs to be done about this."
Moore's daughter attends Magnolia and says she has witnessed violent interactions at the school. Moore also says, "If these kids are going to them, telling them that they are being bullied, something needs to be done, because people’s kids are dying and these kids are too young to be losing their life like this." Malone's family is awaiting the autopsy results from Mobile to determine exactly what caused the death of the 12 year old. At this point, very little information about the actual fight is available as the investigation continues, but Malone's grandmother tells News 25 her normally healthy grandson was having seizures and high blood pressure after the school fight.