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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.