New award to hon­our Katie

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

A NEW award has been set up in the name of York school­girl Katie Rough, who was killed in a park.

The fam­ily of Katie, who was se­lec­tive mute, were mem­bers of SMIRA, the Se­lec­tive Mutism In­for­ma­tion and Re­search As­so­ci­a­tion.

Now it has an­nounced that a new prize at the Shine a Light Awards, a na­tional awards scheme recog­nis­ing in­no­va­tion in supporting chil­dren’s com­mu­ni­ca­tion de­vel­op­ment, will in­clude a new cat­e­gory for se­lec­tive mutism, The Katie Rough Me­mo­rial Award. Katie was found with se­vere lac­er­a­tions to her neck and chest in Jan­uary. A 16-year-old girl has ad­mit­ted killing her.

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