In Utah, 10-year-old Isabelle “Izzy” Tichenor committed suicide after enduring sustained bullying by classmates. Her family had repeatedly contacted their daughter’s school to discuss concerns over how she was being treated.
The Tichenor family’s attorney, Tyler Ayres, said Izzy’s classmates called her the N-word, told her she smelled bad and made fun of her for being autistic. The family reported the bullying to Davis School District teachers and administrators, but they did nothing.
“We don’t take umbrage with the children,” Ayres said. “We take umbrage with the adults who chose not to do anything about it. The adults who were in charge there should have taken these kids aside.”
“We, like everyone, are devastated by the death of this child. Our hearts go out to the family,” said Shauna Lund, a spokeswoman for Davis School District. “Foxboro Elementary has worked extensively with the family and will continue to provide help to them and others impacted by this tragedy.”
Less than two months before Izzy’s death, the Department of Justice (DOJ) released its findings from a 2019 investigation into Davis School District.
The DOJ found that black students were called racial epithets and derogatory terms like monkeys or apes. Students taunted black students by making monkey noises, touching and pulling their hair without permission, and repeatedly referenced slavery and lynching.
Some students said they’d experienced racially-charged bullying since kindergarten, according to the DOJ.
Students told the DOJ that these instances often took place in front of teachers and faculty, but they wouldn’t intervene. The department’s report concluded that the students’ complaints were “meritorious.”
The DOJ found Davis School District to be deliberately indifferent to known student harassment based on race and that its discipline practices violated black students’ equal protection rights.
Tragic Discovery: Deadly Trap Door Found in Bronx Day Care
A heart-wrenching scene unfolded in a Bronx day care. A 1-year-old lost his life, and three others were injured. Investigators believe the exposure to fentanyl is to blame.
Investigators executed a search warrant, revealing a trap door in the play area of the day care apartment. Hidden inside were large quantities of fentanyl and other narcotics.
Authorities unveiled that a kilo of fentanyl was stored on playmats. A device to press drugs into bricks was also discovered, painting a grim picture of the day care’s dual life.
Owner Grei Mendez and her tenant Carlisto Acevedo Brito are currently facing murder charges. They’re in federal custody, held without bail, connected to horrifying federal drug trafficking charges.
A grand jury in the Bronx has returned an indictment related to the tragic events. However, the specific charges remain sealed pending arraignment.
District Attorney Darcel Clark passionately voiced her commitment to seek justice. “Every single person in this county feels what they feel, that they entrusted day care center to take care of their children,” she said.
Mayor Eric Adams was visibly upset about the horrifying incident. “This is total madness that we lost a child to this dangerous substance,” he exclaimed, calling for a full national assault on this drug.
The day care, catering to children between 6 weeks and 12 years old, had passed a city inspection just last week. Despite this, a secret life of drug conspiracy thrived behind closed doors.
Mendez’s attorney claims her only crime was renting a room to someone who had a kilo of fentanyl. However, the presence of drug paraphernalia raises haunting questions.
Officials remain vigilant and are conducting thorough investigations. It’s crucial to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the children who are victims of this tragic incident.
What We Think
This is just downright heartbreaking and maddening. Little kids, innocent lives, and then there’s this poison, this fentanyl, in their safe space. The trust parents put in day cares, completely shattered. It makes one question, how many more places are like this, running dual lives?
These revelations, they just bring forth the need for stricter, much stricter, oversights and regulations. Folks ought to be able to trust that their kids are safe, that they are cared for when they’re away.
And to the folks responsible, if they’re guilty, they better face the full force of the law. The safety of our little ones should never be compromised, never.
Chicago Eyes First Government-Run Grocery Store
Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson announced a potential game-changer. The city is exploring creating a government-owned grocery store. This is to help “historically underserved communities.”
Mayor Johnson emphasized that every resident deserves convenient, affordable, and healthy grocery options. “A better, stronger, safer future is one where our youth and our communities have access to the tools and resources they need to thrive,” he said.
The mayor’s commitment is to bring innovative, whole-of-government solutions to tackle existing inequities. “I am proud to work alongside partners to take this step in envisioning what a municipally owned grocery store in Chicago could look like,” stated Johnson.
He noted that this project promotes “food equity.” The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s estimates reveal significant disparities in access to grocery stores in different areas of the city.
If realized, this would make Chicago the first major US city to have a government-owned grocery store to address “food inequity.”
Ameya Pawar from the Economic Security Project pointed out the transformative potential of this project. “The City of Chicago is reimagining the role government can play in our lives by exploring a public option for grocery stores via a municipally owned grocery store and market,” he said.
Pawar drew parallels with libraries and the postal service, saying a public option brings economic choice and power to communities. He sees a city-owned grocery store as a viable way to restore access to healthy food in neglected areas.
Currently, the administration is conducting a feasibility study. It’s determining how the new store can operate successfully in addressing the community needs and disparities in food access.
What We Think:
This move by Chicago to start a government-run grocery store is surely an interesting one. It’s about giving all folks, no matter where they live, access to good food. Now, we’ve seen government-run things before, like the post office.
So, the big question is, can the government really run a store efficiently and help the folks on the South and West sides?
It’s a noble goal to bring good food to every part of the city, especially where folks have had it tough. But, will this actually work or just end up being another failed government experiment? Only time will tell.
Congresswoman Clashes with ABC Anchor over Biden’s Impeachment Inquiry
In a heated confrontation, Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) stood firm against ABC News anchor Jonathan Karl, accusing him of overlooking substantial evidence while discussing the impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden.
The clash unfolded on ABC News’ “This Week,” where Mace faced questions about the criticism from fellow Republican, Rep. Ken Buck, who opposes the inquiry. Mace was quick to put aside Buck’s apprehensions, asserting “the facts are everywhere.”
Mace highlighted various forms of evidence, including text messages, emails, witnesses, whistleblowers, meetings, phone calls, and dinners. “You can’t say, ‘Hey, there’s a little bit of smoke, we’re not going to follow the fire,'” she stated, emphasizing the necessity of pursuing the truth.
Mace also underscored the importance of expanded subpoena powers provided by the inquiry.
“I want the bank records of Joe Biden. All of that should be on the table to prove out the allegations in the reports,” she explained, referring to claims involving substantial sums of money and bribery, which, according to Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution, could be grounds for impeachment.
Karl counterargued, insisting repeatedly there is “no evidence” to support the allegations against Biden, a point Mace contested vehemently.
“There are witnesses. The 1023 form,” she responded, “There is evidence. You can’t say that there’s no evidence when there is evidence.”
Mace seemed astounded by Karl’s insistent denials and took a moment to remind him of the crucial role journalists played during the Nixon era, holding politicians accountable.
“It was the media and journalists when Nixon was going down that helped do that investigation, helped bring down the president when he broke the law,” Mace reflected.
She emphasized the visible shift in journalism standards, observing that media now seems to “deny that there’s evidence. It’s everywhere.”
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has often pointed out that the impeachment inquiry is a tool granting lawmakers broader powers to delve into whether Biden has engaged in corrupt activities to financially benefit his family.
While this doesn’t necessarily mean impeachment proceedings will follow, it does enable lawmakers to trace the “smoke” alluded to by Mace.
Interestingly, Karl’s staunch stance on the lack of evidence against Biden comes after the White House reportedly sent talking points to the media, instructing them to underplay any evidence that has been unveiled.
What We Think
What we’re witnessing here is not just a heated debate but a stark reminder of the role that media ought to play in holding our leaders accountable. Nancy Mace’s staunch stance against Jonathan Karl’s claims serves as a wake-up call, urging us to question whether we are being presented with the complete truth.
There’s an evident shift in how media handles evidence and accountability compared to the times of Nixon. This conversation is crucial, especially when significant accusations of bribery are on the line.
Whether or not the impeachment proceedings go forth, our nation deserves transparency, accountability, and truth from both our politicians and the media.
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