According to the Salt Lake Tribune, “Davis School District has intentionally ignored “serious and widespread” racial harassment in its schools for years — failing to respond to hundreds of reports from Black students after they have been called slaves, the N-word, and heard threats that they would be lynched, according to a jarring report from the U.S. Department of Justice.” Those intentionally failure to respond to ignored racial harrassment complaints, has now led an autistic student to commit suicide.
In a statement written by Brittany Tichenor, her daughter Isabella Faith Tichenor, was mocked by a teacher and some students. The abuse was reported to teachers, the administration, and the district administration; nothing was done. The children continued to mock this young child day after day until she committed suicide yesterday.
The Salt Lake Tribune article also reports, “May 2019, Davis School District drew national attention when the family of a biracial boy who went to school there filed a lawsuit, describing how the boy was purposefully shut in the doors of a school bus by the driver and left dangerously dangling outside as he drove forward. The report specifically mentions that incident, saying that it was seriously mishandled by the district, which focused on protecting “certain employees from discipline” rather than worrying about the boy being endangered. The district later acknowledged it had received previous complaints about the bus driver’s discriminatory behavior that were brushed aside. The district ultimately settled that civil rights case, paying the family $62,500 and acknowledging the “racial assault.”
Davis School District also signed a settlement last month with the Department of Justice in connection with the broader investigation into how it mistreats students of color. The details of that agreement, publicly released for the first time along with the 11-page report Thursday, show how the district will be required to address the systemic problems moving forward. The district must create an equity department to handle complaints of racial discrimination. It will need to hire a director for that, who must be approved by the federal government. Davis is also required to train all staff on how to identify, investigate and respond to complaints of harassment. And it will educate students and parents, too, on how to prevent discrimination. Davis will also have to start an electronic reporting system where students can report concerns and where administrators can track and respond to every complaint. That will be audited annually.
This is not enough! Kids lives are being traumatized and something more needs to be done! Call over to the Davis School District to see what is being done to the teacher and these students, the district’s number is 801-402-5261. Also, reach out to the Department of Justice to demand more happenings to this school before more lives are taken!