UT School District Reaches $2M Settlement With Family of Girl Who Died by Suicide

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The Davis School District on Tuesday announced that it has reached a $2 million settlement with the family of Isabella “Izzy” Tichenor, who attended a district elementary school and died by suicide in 2021. Her family claimed the 10-year-old girl was bullied over her race and autism spectrum disorder.

“Today is the first day of the end of these injustices. Izzy’s name will be forever recognized as the beginning of equal treatment for African Americans in Utah,” the family’s attorney, Tyler Ayres, said during a press conference Tuesday night.

Ayres announced a statue of Izzy will be placed in the Foxboro Elementary School library as a way to “never forget the injustice she suffered” and to give hope to all Black children in Utah because they can see “see someone who looks like them being celebrated in this state.”

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