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In elementary school, racism leads to the suicide of a 10-year-old black student

KTLA 5, a local cable television station, reports that the family of a 10-year-old African-American girl who committed suicide claimed that she committed suicide because of the racism and bullying she encountered at her Utah

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KTLA 5, a local cable television station, reports that the family of a 10-year-old African-American girl who committed suicide claimed that she committed suicide because of the racism and bullying she encountered at her Utah elementary school. Attorneys for the family claim that Isabella Tichenor, an individual who is also on the autism spectrum, was teased about being autistic and called racial slurs by her classmates.

According to Brittany Tichenor, the child’s mother, the bullying at Foxboro Elementary School was not addressed by the school’s teachers.

Tyler Ayres, the family’s lawyer, told KTLA that he did not take umbrage with the children. “We find it offensive that the adults chose to do nothing about it. It was the adults in charge who should have escorted these children away.”

The family is also concerned about Izzy’s siblings, who are enrolled in the same school and have experienced similar harassment.

About two weeks ago, the US Justice Department chastised the Davis School District, on behalf of Foxboro Elementary School, for failing to take adequate measures to combat persistent racist harassment of Black and Asian American students.

In a federal civil rights investigation between 2015 and 2020, hundreds of documented instances of Black students being called racial slurs and the N-word by their peers were documented. Black children were also told to “pick cotton” by their classmates and referred to as monkeys or slaves.

Officials of the Davis School District acknowledged that their own investigation revealed that non-white students were treated differently from white students. Despite this, the district did not correct any of the disparities, according to the DOJ. Reports indicate that African-American and Asian-American students represent around 1% of the district’s 73,000 students.

In a statement, district spokesman Shauna Lund stated that Foxboro Elementary School did “extensive work” with the family and that officials had dealt with their bullying allegations appropriately.

Lund expressed his regret over the death of the child, saying, “We are all devastated by this event.” “Our thoughts are with the family.”. In addition to helping the family, Foxboro Elementary will continue to provide assistance to others affected by the tragedy.”

There were reportedly several hundred mourners at a vigil held in Izzy’s honor on Tuesday (Nov. 9). As part of the social media awareness campaign, the hashtag #StandForIzzy circulated.

Her mother said, “Even though my daughter is gone, I will still stand up for Izzy.” I also promise to make sure this doesn’t happen to anyone else, like those voices she couldn’t hear.

Family members are currently fundraising for a memorial for Izzy. You can donate to their GoFundMe page here. A police investigation is underway into the death of the child.

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