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Families Win Settlement From Utah School District For Mishandling Reports of Racism

Three Black students were awarded a combined $200,000 in payouts from Utah-based Davis School District after they experienced daily discrimination after their guardians filed federal lawsuits for how reports of racism were handled.

This comes within a week of the same school district paying out a $2 million settlement to the family of Izzy Tichenor, a ten-year-old Black girl who committed suicide after being bulled for being Black and autistic at her elementary school.

“I would like to extend my sincerest apologies to you, and most especially, to your three children for the unwelcome experiences they had while attending school in our district,” Davis Superintendent Dan Linford wrote in the message released Tuesday. “I am grateful to you for bringing your children’s experiences to our attention.”

In response to the settlements, Linford also mentioned making changes to the Davis School District where Black students make up 1% of the 73,000 student body. These changes include creating an Office of Equal Opportunity, appointing an administrator to actively address and review policies, updates on reporting racism and training for all employees on reporting harassment and discrimination.


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