Girl, 10, hangs herself after being ‘bullied for months over her autism and race’, devastated family says

A SCHOOLGIRL who hung herself committed suicide after being bullied for months over her autism and race, according to her devastated family.

Little Isabella Faith Tichenor, 10, was found dead by her mother Brittany Tichenor-Cox last week after telling her mom that she loved her.

The youngster – who had autism – had told her family she was being bullied at Foxboro Elementary School in Utah – but they say they were ignored after raising concerns to teachers.

Izzy’s grandad Gregory Tichenor told The Sun: “My daughter went to the teacher and she went to the principal and nothing was done.

“This has been going on for months and nothing was done.

“It was both verbal and physical.”

The Davis School District told local outlets they “take all incidents and reports of bullying seriously.”

“Foxboro Elementary has worked extensively with the family and will continue to provide help to them and others impacted by this tragedy.”

“At this point, the incident we are aware of involved another student. The teacher and administration responded quickly and appropriately.

“As with all allegations of bullying, our investigation will continue,” they added.

The Sun has contacted the Davis School District for comment.

It was recently placed under supervision after a report found it was “deliberately indifferent” to racial harassment.

The Department of Justice report said: “We found that the district was deliberately indifferent to the racially hostile climate in many of its schools.”

Gregory added: “Izzy was a beautiful child.

“She enjoyed the playground and being with family. She was close to her five siblings.

“She had told her mom she loved her and she loved god and that was the last time they spoke. Then she was found.”

Izzy’s mom Brittany told KUTV: “As any parent would, we reported this abuse to her teachers, the school administration, and the district administration.

“Nothing. Nothing was done to protect Izzy. Children did not have their behavior corrected so the torment of this child continued day after day.

“I didn’t know she thought like that.”

Gregory said the school are “known for” ignoring bullying and racism claims. He said allegations that Izzy was called the n-word were even ignored.

He added: “We think this was racially motivated. This is what they do. This is their make up but it needs to change.”

A GoFundMe “to provide Izzy with the most beautiful celebration of life” has raised more than $34,000 as of Tuesday afternoon.

“We want to raise awareness of this problem. You know, I was bullied [but it got better]. Some kids just don’t come out of that,” Gregory added.

He said: “We need to talk to our children.

“Life is short, we need to make the best of it.


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