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Davis County school teacher calls recent racial bias training helpful

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Teachers in Davis County recently received training on how to handle situations when a racial slur is used at school. This training comes after 10-year-old Isabella Tichenor, who was Black and autistic, died by suicide after reports of bullying and harassment within the school district.

Davis County English teacher Chera Fernelius says racism still exists in schools. She says racial slurs and racial jokes are “uttered a lot” in the schools.

With their new training, teachers are told to immediately tell the person using the slur to stop and to notify an administrator.

Fernelius says the training was helpful because the teachers “want our schools to be better.”

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