TEN-YEAR-OLD Isabella “Izzy” Tichenor took her own life in November 2021 after allegedly being harassed by students and staff at her primary school.
the girl’s mother, Brittany Tichenor-Cox claimed her daughter was bullied because she was black and autistic, but no evidence was found to support these claims.
An outside investigation commissioned by the Davis School District, which includes Foxboro Elementary, in which Izzy attended, found the girl’s school downplayed her reports of bullying.
Again, there was insufficient evidence to prove Tichenor-Cox’s claims. The three-person review team said it found several systemic flaws at the elementary school, such as: B. Employees who do not understand the district’s definition of bullying.
Also an investigative report from the US Department of Justice found a pattern of racism against Black and Asian American students by other students and staff within the school district.
The agency directed that the district provide training and systemic changes that the district is attempting to implement.
Just weeks after the report was published, Izzy died on November 6th.
Izzy’s mother reported three incidents as of September 2021, including an incident in which Izzy’s sister had been verbally abused by another student.
Tichenor-Cox contacted Foxboro and claimed the same student allegedly threatened her daughters and told them he had a gun, read the report.
The student’s backpack was searched by the school and surveillance video was reviewed, but there was insufficient evidence to support the allegations.
Just a week later, Tichenor-Cox called the school again and claimed “the same student called Izzy’s sister the ‘N-word’ and touched her.” But the school could not confirm the alleged incident after speaking to two “potential witnesses.”
However, school officials determined that it was “more likely” that the incident happened and the student was suspended and not allowed to eat breakfast in the school cafeteria.
Tichenor-Cox’s children and the student also signed a contract in which both parties agreed to avoid each other.
A Justice Department report found that black and Asian-American students in the Davis School District faced harassment that was ignored by school officials.
The agency has been investigating the school district since July 2019 and unveiled the report in October 2021.
According to the report, black students were called the N-word and said, “You are my slave” by other students. They were told that their skin was dirty or “looked like feces”.
Asian-American students were also called insults and urged to “return to China,” the report said.
The report claimed the school district was aware of harassment, including documents showing over 200 incidents of black students being called the N-word at 27 schools between 2015 and 2020.
The Justice Department argued that school officials have repeatedly ignored complaints from these students and their parents, at times “telling Black and Asian American students not to be so sensitive or making excuses for harassing students by stating that they “did not try to to be racist”. ‘”,
“We have a lot to do. We’re not happy with what we’re reading,” said Chris Williams, a spokesman for the school district.
“We liked to think we weren’t, but we are. We have to work really hard.”
SAID SHE ‘SMELL’
The outside report says that none of the more than 40 staff and students interviewed in the research recalled Izzy being bullied directly because she was black or autistic, but many, including teachers, made comments about her hygiene.
Tichenor-Cox complained to a teacher that Izzy was bullied by a classmate who told the girl she smelled and needed to wash her hair, the report said.
A special education teacher told Izzy she smelled and asked if she had showered, the report says.
Another student told investigators that students “should not be raised to be ‘victims'” but instead should be taught “to let hurtful comments ricochet off them.”
Tichenor-Cox said Izzy sprayed Febreze on herself before going to school after the comments were made.
At the time before her death, Izzy and her family were living in their minivan and Tichenor-Cox had told the school about her financial problems the month before and asked for help.
According to the report, the school staff gave them clothes, money and a sanitary kit for Izzy.
The team explained that “issues related to race, disability and poverty sometimes overlap and when they do, they can further complicate already challenging situations. it can be very difficult to separate one from the other.”
The inquest report found that despite Izzy’s kind demeanor, the girl had suffered personal trauma. As previously mentioned, Izzy was black, had an unstable housing situation, and had a developmental disability.
“Both could have contributed to the cause of their hygiene problems. When a student told Izzy she needed to wash her hair, that comment could have been out of racist sentiment, an innocuous observation, or a temporary insult to poverty,” reads the report.
The review team found that the Foxboro School cared for Izzy and her family and tried to support them during their financial hardship.
“Those at Foxboro who have spoken to Izzy with compassion and acted diligently as advocates for the Tichenor-Cox family should be commended. There is no doubt that Izzy’s death has impacted the Foxboro community in immeasurable ways, read the report.
On the other hand, the report added, “However, the school’s support does not excuse what the team saw as a failure to protect Izzy Tichenor.”
“To cultivate the safe community that Foxboro seeks to embody, administrators and educators should investigate every allegation of bullying, regardless of the alleged cause or perpetrator. Mrs. Tichenor-Cox reported at least one incident to Foxboro that she believed to be bullying.
“Foxboro had a duty to Izzy and a duty to investigate Mrs. Tichenor-Cox’s report. Still, Foxboro fired and failed to document their concerns in a timely manner. As a result, Foxboro failed to conduct the investigation that Izzy was due and deserved.”
Izzy attempted suicide on November 3 and died of her injuries three days later.
“Out of respect for the Tichenor-Cox family, the details of her trial and death are not discussed here,” the report said.
She was described as an active girl who enjoyed studying, drawing, and loving anime.
“When she died I was like, ‘Oh, okay. I can do this.’ But to be completely open and to be vulnerable and real, that’s so hard every day,” Tichenor-Cox said.
“It’s so hard to keep going every day. But you have to push because your kids need you. And the other kids need to know that’s not okay. It’s not OK.”
Despite her heartbreak, Izzy’s family is telling her story in hopes that other children will change their minds and think before they act.
Tichenor Cox also had a message for parents as she sat down and spoke to KUTV: “You just have to really get involved. You have to find out who her friends are. You need to talk to their parents and you should also watch how maybe when you go to school watch who they play with that break clock find out what they say.
The Sun has reached out to Tichenor-Cox family attorney Tyler Ayers and the Davis School District, but has yet to receive comment.
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