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What Is Happening In The Davis County School District?

Ivana Martinez
Vigil for Izzy Tichenor at Fox Hollow Park, North Salt Lake, Nov. 9 , 2021

A Department of Justice report released in October detailed “serious and widespread” racist behavior against Black and Asian-American students in Utah’s second largest school district.

In its investigation, the DOJ found hundreds of documented cases in which students and staff in the Davis School District subjected black and Asian-American students to racial epithets, racist comments and even physical assaults. All the while, school and district administrators, the report says, consistently failed to respond to student complaints of racist behavior. This Friday at 11 a.m., we’re asking what’s happening in the Davis School District and how widespread the problem of racist behavior is in Utah schools.


  • Tamyah Jones, a 2020 graduate of Davis High School
  • Brynn Martindale, a senior at Bountiful High School 
  • Marjorie Cortez | DN_Marjoie Education Reporter with the Deseret News
  • Steve Swenson, parent to students in the Davis County School District and co-founder of a parent activist group, SOS - Support our Students
  • Darryl Stamp, former educator, parent to a student in the Davis School District. Stamp is currently the Plan-B Theatre Teaching Artist at Utah International Charter School. 
Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.