October 4th , 2023



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A school said it safeguarded understudy who was killed by ex. Subsequent to conceding slips up, guardians feel 'deceived.'

"The college let us know it did all that it would be able … however this turned out not to be valid," Zhifan Dong's folks said in their most memorable media interview.

Photograph representation of Zhifan Dong and her folks making a heart with their hands and arms; a picture of Zhifan Dong.

  The group of Zhifan Dong, a Chinese understudy at the University of Utah who was killed supposedly by an ex and individual understudy, is standing up after the school delivered a heap of openly available reports that seem to show a large number of disappointments to notice her calls for help.

 Dong's dad, Mingsheng Dong, and her mom, Junfang Shen, told NBC Asian America in their most memorable media interview that on top of the aggravation of losing their 19-year-old girl, they felt bushwhacked by the school's inaction and accentuated she had connected with college experts for help prior to going to police.

 The guardians said school authorities at first let them know they had done all that they could to safeguard Dong, however forgot to uncover various clear stumbles made by lodging staff, as uncovered in the reports the school shared, for example, not cautioning school police about the man's capture simply a month prior to following a squabble with Dong.


"The college let us know it did all that it could for Zhifan, however this turned out not to be valid."


The couple found out about what they said were the college's disappointments in the information, and later in explanations from the police and lead prosecutors.

"Before the school delivered the examination report, we thought the school had done the right things yet couldn't safeguard her. The college let us know it did all that it could for Zhifan, yet this turned out not to be valid," Dong's folks said in an email through an interpreter.

"Prior to distributing the archive/record, they didn't educate us regarding their disappointments. We needed to find out about it from the news. Zhifan requested help from the school. The school didn't include the police for some time," the guardians said.

Picture: Zhifan Dong and Swoop, the University of Utah mascot.

Zhifan Dong and Swoop, the University of Utah mascot.Courtesy Dong Family

In an explanation to NBC, the University of Utah said it has "freely recognized deficiencies in its treatment of the situation," including "postpones in telling police; hazy cycles and staff preparation stages; and 'lacking and amateurish' inside correspondence."

"Zhifan Dong's demise was a misfortune and shows the worldwide issue of cozy accomplice viciousness — a cultural issue that rises above ethnicity," the college said. "It's terrible and we stretch out our sympathies to her family and friends and family."

Presently the guardians are chasing after legitimate activity against the school, while lamenting the deficiency of their lone kid.

"We can't deal with it. It has been so challenging for us, intellectually and genuinely," the guardians said. "We actually don't have any desire to accept that this truly occurred, and we frequently dream that she's back with us.

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