FARMINGTON — In their first meeting since the suicide of 10-year-old Izzy Tichenor, members of the Davis School Board and Superintendent Reid Newey addressed the incident and what will be done in the future to prevent additional tragedies.
“We continue to mourn the loss of Izzy Tichenor and express our deep empathy, sympathy and condolences to her family and her classmates, teachers and administrators at Foxboro and the community at large,” Newey said after the meeting. “The most tragic event we deal with is losing any student and we’re deeply saddened by that. We hope to continue to progress in our efforts to make every student’s experience in our school optimal.”
Tichenor, who was a student with autism at Foxboro Elementary, was found dead by suicide on Nov. 6 by her mother, Brittany Tichenor, who alleged at a press conference on Nov. 8 that her daughter died because of bullying at the DSD school. She said that Izzy and her 7-year-old sister both experienced bullying that was racially motivated at the school.
“When we have issues such as bullying accusations and so forth, we always do our best — and in particular with suicide, we always gather our team and assess and figure out what we can do do better,” Newey said.
According to Newey, the issues and allegations made by Brittany Tichenor were raised to Foxboro Elementary, not the district level.
At the start of the meeting, board president John Robison read a statement regarding Izzy’s death. In it, he said, “As for the district and its schools, every incident of harassment and bullying is investigated. There is a process that is followed at the school level and the district level depending on the seriousness of any reported event.”
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