Fury as teacher says murdered pupil, 10, ‘wasn’t the brightest’ in tribute

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The teacher of a murdered schoolgirl has been slammed by her heartbroken godmother for writing in a tribute that she was not the "brightest" student.

Persayus Davis, 10, was killed and three others were injured in a shooting on Wednesday (August 18) morning in Youngstown, Ohio, in the US.

But her teacher added to her family's grief by taking to Facebook to pay tribute, writing: "This baby was not my brightest but she was our caregiver and protector.

"She struggled with all academics but could count money like it was her job."

In response, the girl's godmother Tayana Smith told TV reporters the comments were "very disheartening".

Tayana Smith told WKBN: "I’m not sure what her angle was, or what her objective was of posting something like that.

"Posting that she’s praying or asking the community to pray for us, we appreciate that.

"But then she led into how she fell asleep in class and she wasn’t a bright student.

"That was just very disheartening, especially at a time when we are still grieving the loss."

Despite calls for the teacher to be sacked, the local school district has said it would not pursue disciplinary action.

However, the body did discourage other teachers from making similar comments.

The brutal murder happened less than 10 minutes after police responded to a crash on South Avenue and Palmer Avenue in the city.

Victim Michael Callahan, 40, was found dead with gunshot wounds and another occupant of his vehicle was injured when bullets were fired into his truck.

Persayus was then shot dead inside a house in Samuel Street.

Cops believe the killings are linked and Ms Smith believes Persayus' older brother is who the shooters were targeting, according to WFMJ.

Ms Smith, who acted a second mother when took in tragic Persayus, told reporters: "It tore me into a million pieces to get that call and it tore me into a million different pieces when I showed up and saw all the police tape and all the police cruisers.

"This little girl came and just took over my whole heart and I couldn't say no to her and so I had her for four years and I was her mom.

"She was just a loving kid, she was super fun, she had an infectious laugh, she was just a good kid you know she had a lot of energy and a heart of gold."

Ms Smith has called for peace after tit-for-tat street violence has plagued the city near the state border with Pennsylvania, WFJM reports.

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She told the news station: "I'd rather see the perpetrators behind bars than another mother feeling like we are feeling because there is no justice in that, there is now justice with her laying on that slab in the morgue right now."

Police are still hunting the killers and a $10,000 reward has been offered for information that leads to a conviction.

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