A 10-year-old girl, Isabella Faith Tichenor, has committed suicide after being bulled in school over her race and being autistic.
According to her mum, Brittany, she was picked on by her school mates because she had autism and dyslexia, while her granddad, Gregory, said she was also bullied for being black.
Brittany said the abuse was reported to the school in North Salt Lake, Utah, U.S, but no action was taken to protect her daughter.
“As any parent would, we reported this abuse to her teachers, the school administration, and the district administration, she told a press conference.
“Nothing, nothing was done to protect Izzy. Children did not have their behaviour corrected so the torment of this child continued day after day.
“You really wouldn’t have known she was going through that.
“So that was the hardest part. She must have really internalised this.”
The little girl’s grandmother, Paula Harris, said they will now be Izzy’s “voice” to fight against the problem of bullying.
“We are going to be Izzy’s voice, we are going to ring the bell as loud as we can because we are going to stop this bullying. That little girl had spark, that little girl had hopes and dreams.”
A press conference was organized to address the issue and the Tichenor family alongside the PTA representatives of Foxboro Elementary School were present.
Speaking with 2News, a parent, Breanna Larson said, “Everyone has a role here in this failure, and everyone has a role in the solution. It is on the parents, it’s on the students, it’s on the teachers, it’s on the administration.”
Izzy’s grandfather, 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.”
He maintained that he thinks Isabella was racially abused and was called the “N word” by other kids.
“We think this was racially motivated. This is what they do. This is their make up but it needs to change,” he maintained.
“I can’t be bullied” – Paul O blows hot after Cubana Chief Priest involved his daughter in Maria’s saga
Ace promoter, Paul Okoye better known as Paul O and socialite, Cubana Chief Priest have continued to tackle each other over Maria-married man saga.
Chief Priest had accused BBNaija star, Maria of snatching his sister’s wife and went on to share an alleged chat between his sister and the reality star. He also shared Maria’s number on his Instagram page.
Paul Okoye who insisted that he has heard both sides of the story took to his page to defend Maria, and shared Cubana Chief Priest’s personal phone number for doing the same to Maria.
In reaction, the celebrity barman blasted Paul O and went on to insinuate that Paul’s daughter will be subjected to the same treatment his sister has suffered.
“Because of 10% 15% management money, you get Daugther abi e go reach you very soon”, he wrote.
Well, the CEO of Upfront and Personal while reacting to Cubana Chiefpriest’s comment over the number he shared noted that he can’t be bullied by anyone.
In his words,
“I can’t be bullied- over 7 hours I’m begging you to delete my tel no- on social media- that tel no I have it over 18 years. Not Good”.
See their exchange below,
“You bullied the teacher and made your husband hire bodyguards to beat her up” – Nigerian lady counters Mercy Johnson’s claim; shares her own version of what happened
A lady who happened to be in the educational institution where Mercy Johnson confronted a teacher she claims always bullies her daughter because of her status, has given a different narrative of the whole confrontation.
Mercy Johnson had earlier taken to her IG page to reveal her displeasure over the fact that a teacher in her daughter, Purity’s school consistently bullies her because she’s the child of a celebrity. See here
Mercy, in a quite lengthy read, revealed that she eventually confronted the said teacher and in course of this, the teacher showed that it to her (Mercy) face that she indeed despises the actress and threatened to continue to discipline her daughter. Taking action against the teacher, Mercy revealed that she reported the case to the school’s authorities and will ensure that she sees justice prevail.
Well, in a new development, a lady who claims to be present on the fateful day of the confrontation, has in a post on social media given a far different narrative of the event on her page. According to this lady, Mercy’s approach is far different from what she narrated in her post.
The lady, identified with handle, @thenancychidera took to her page to reveal that the actress wasn’t in any way polite to the said teacher when she confronted her. She shared that incident that led to the actress’ daughter being disciplined was over the fact that the lass had twisted the arm of another pupil and so, was asked to apologize for her misdemeanour, which she refused to do.
@thenancychidera had hours before Mercy’s post, first given a full breakdown of all that happened in a bid to out the actress she says acts like a demigod. According to her, in course of the confrontation, the actress called her husband who brought three able-bodied men to beat up the teacher.
@thenancychidera also revealed that the said teacher Mercy said bullies her child is actually the deputy head teacher of the school, thereby countering the actress’ claim that she reported to the “deputy head teacher” because the “head teacher” wasn’t around.
Read the lengthy post @thenancychidera shared on her page,
“Mercy Johnson you embarrassed yourself and image today and action will definitely be taken against you. You would keep taking your children from one school to another because you can’t control your nonsense attitude.
Something happened at Chrisland VGC and I want everybody to judge the case. So many times, I’ve heard this narrative – Nigerian celebrities feeling like Demi-gods and superior to other human beings.
How would you as a mother-celebrity go to your daughter’s school and instigate your daughter to fight and cause havoc in her new school.
Your daughter was sent out of Greensprings because of your demental attitude and the fact that you didn’t train your children well and you brought that stupid character to Chrisland VGC.
Why would you go to your daughter’s school and fight a head teacher because she corrected your child.
So her child Purity twisted the hand of a fellow student and the case was reported to the head teacher. The woman called the both students to reconcile and asked them to apologize.
The child literally told the head teacher that she would never apologize because she wasn’t taught to do so. After much persuasion, she apologized and the mother dismissed the pupils.
Only for the mother to come to school this afternoon to cause havoc, to insult, humiliate the head teacher. All for what?
After her display, she called her husband who in turn came to the school with 3 hefty bodyguards to beat up the headteacher for supposedly disturbing his wife and child.
So as a man, you brought your soldier dogs to beat up a woman, aren’t you ashamed?”