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A younger lady from Utah died by suicide in November 2021 after she was allegedly bullied by classmates and lecturers for apparently emitting odor. Now the college district has lastly launched the findings of an investigation into the alleged bullying that reportedly led to this devastating loss.
As we’ve reported, Isabella “Izzy” Tichenor, a 10-year-old Black lady on the autism spectrum — sadly handed away final yr after a number of incidents of bullying occurred at Foxboro Elementary College in North Salt Lake, Utah. Based on the lady’s mom, Brittany Tichenor-Cox, Izzy was repeatedly bullied attributable to her race and incapacity — and even the scholar’s lecturers had been in on the bullying! What the heck?
To unravel the state of affairs, an investigative report was commissioned by the Davis College District and carried out by a three-person evaluate group. They’ve now confirmed that Izzy was advised by classmates and a trainer that she smelled! That stated, they couldn’t discover any “direct proof” that the remarks had been based mostly on her race or autism. The report said:
“Points referring to race, incapacity, and poverty typically intersect and once they do, can additional complicate already difficult conditions. It may be very tough to extricate one from the others.”
With that stated, they added:
“When a scholar advised Izzy she wanted to scrub her hair, this remark may have been borne out of racial animus, may have been an innocuous commentary, or may have been a clocked insult about poverty.”
Based on the report, a particular schooling trainer advised Izzy that she smelled and requested if she had taken a bathe. Due to these remarks, the kid started to spray herself with Febreze earlier than going to high school.
Ugh, that’s heartbreaking.
Sadly, there have been a number of different incidents of bullying as effectively. The report discovered that the college’s school didn’t present “precise information” of the district’s definition of “bullying” and that the surroundings allowed for bullying to “go underreported, uninvestigated, and unaddressed.” So terrible. When Foxboro Elementary did obtain stories of alleged bullying — comparable to from Izzy’s mom months earlier than her demise — they had been reportedly sluggish to reply. In truth, they didn’t even create an official report of those bullying incidents till after the scholar died by suicide. Whoa.
Based on Brittany, Izzy was first bullied starting in September 2021. On the time, a scholar allegedly threatened her and her sister, telling them he had a gun, the report detailed. His backpack was searched by the college and surveillance footage was reviewed, however there wasn’t sufficient proof to assist the claims, so the boy confronted no penalties. Only one week later, Brittany known as the college once more with extra accusations towards the identical youngster, saying:
“The identical scholar known as Izzy’s sister the ‘N-word’ and touched her.”
After receiving the upset mom’s telephone name, the college spoke to 2 “potential witnesses” however couldn’t verify the incident really passed off. Nonetheless, they did decide that it was “extra seemingly than not” that it occurred and suspended the bully and banned him from consuming breakfast within the cafeteria. Tichenor-Cox’s kids and the scholar additionally signed a contract agreeing to keep away from one another. Curiously, the report defined that of 40 folks interviewed in the course of the investigation, not one of the workers or college students felt that Izzy had been bullied for being Black or autistic.
Additionally, Izzy’s autism prognosis had not been full earlier than her demise both. Brittany reportedly requested for an evaluation within the fall of 2020 however by no means turned up for the commentary or testing. One other request was made in September 2021. The method started the subsequent month however was not accomplished earlier than the kid’s demise.
Weeks after Izzy’s demise, the Division of Justice found a regarding sample of harassment within the college district. Based on an investigation that started in July 2019, Black and Asian American college students had been harassed for years in that faculty district and complaints from college students and fogeys usually went unaddressed. These findings had been launched in October, only one month earlier than Izzy would cross away due to this alleged harassment. Responding to the harrowing report, the Davis College District advised CNN:
“We vow to proceed our ongoing and intensive efforts to foster a welcoming surroundings for all college students within the Davis College District.”
The evaluate group has advisable main coaching for the college district, together with instructing employees how one can establish and deal with bullying, present variety and fairness periods, and “trauma-informed, poverty coaching.” We sincerely hope modifications are made at this college. It’s surprising to see what number of kids have allegedly been harassed on this district.
A GoFundMe web page has been set as much as elevate cash for Izzy’s mother and father. To assist the household, take a look at the fundraiser HERE. We’re sending like to all of Izzy’s family members as they proceed to combat for justice for the 10-year-old. Could she relaxation in peace.