The family of a 10-year-old girl say she committed suicide after relentless bullying at school. According to Crime Online, the family believes the school in Salt Lake City, Utah, didn't do enough to protect her.
Isabella Faith Tichenor, nicknamed Izzy, was a happy child. She had autism and dyslexia, which made her a target for bullying at Foxboro Elementary School. Brittany Tichenor, the child's mother, said her daughter wanted to defy odds and "be more than her disabilities."
The Family Went To The School
Brittany said she contacted the school to address the bullying with the school administration. The family believes the school didn't do enough as their child felt the answer was to take her life to end her suffering.
"As any parent would, we reported this abuse to the teachers, the school administration, and district. But they did nothing to protect Izzy. Children did not have their behavior corrected, so the torment of my child continued day after day.”
According to The Standard Examiner, the Tichenor family claims Izzy's teacher allegedly joined in with the classmates and mocked the 10-year-old. The child's grandfather claims Izzy was the target of racism, which only created more emotional turmoil for the troubled pre-teen.
Izzy's family did not reveal the circumstances of her suicide, although a social media post suggested she hung herself. The family said she was proud of who she was, and she held on as long as she could.
The school issued a statement after Tichenor's death, offering their support to the family as they mourn the loss of their child. In the statement, they revealed they know about the bullying and are investigating the situation.
The School Launched An Probe Into The Bullying
Brittany wants to make sure no other child has to go through what her precious daughter did. She feels it is her duty to be Izzy's voice to protect other children from enduring this type of abuse.
" Foxboro Elementary has worked [sic] extensively with the family and will continue to provide help to them and others impacted by this tragedy. We take all incidents and reports of bullying seriously. 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.”
A friend of the family set up a GoFundMe campaign to help them with Isabella's final expenses. At the time of this writing, the campaign raised just over $70,000. The page states all proceeds will benefit the family.
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