An 8-year-old boy from Ohio committed suicide after being relentlessly bullied at school. A video from cameras at the grade school 8-year-old Gabriel Taye attended shows the Ohio boy being knocked into a wall so hard that he falls to the floor unconscious just two days before he took his own life. Gabriel told school staff that he had fainted a spokesperson from the school shared on Friday. Reportedly, Gabriel had told the school staff that he had never been bullied at school, reports the New York Post.
Gabriel’s mother told local media that she was unaware that her son had been bullied at school until her attorney received a copy of an email that was penned by a homicide detective with the Cincinnati police in a file that describes how Gabriel was bullied in the hallway just outside of the boy’s bathroom. The attorney questioned both the police and the school to why the mother was informed that her son fainted when the school clearly had evidence to prove that he had been assaulted on January 24, at Carson Elementary School.
Gabriel committed suicide by hanging himself with a tie in his bedroom on January 26. The coroner for Hamilton County has stated that she will be re-opening her investigation into young Gabriel’s death.
The spokesperson for Carson Elementary School told the media that administrators at the school were not aware of the video until after Gabriel’s death. The spokesperson states that the video was not found until Ohio police came to the school and requested copies of their surveillance videos.
Copies of the surveillance video has been released by the district. The video is 24-minutes long and choppy in quality. In the video a boy can be seen bullying other students. The boy turns to Gabriel and pushes him into a wall. Gabriel struck the wall so hard that he was knocked unconscious.
The school district released a statement on Friday stating that they stand firm on their position that allegations that are being made in the media are in no way supported by what can be seen in the surveillance video. The statement also reads that Ohio authorities did review the video and made the decision not to press charges.
The surveillance video shows that the principal of the grade school found Gabriel within 4 ½ minutes after Gabriel was shoved into the wall and fell to the floor unconscious. Moments after the principal arrives several other school employees and a nurse are seen in the video. Gabriel is then helped to his feet. Gabriel laid on the hallway floor for more than seven minutes.
Coroner Lakshmi Sammarco, the coroner for Cincinnati, was interviewed on WLW radio on Thursday and stated that she has requested that Ohio police conduct a full investigation into whether there were contributing factors at school that led to Gabriel’s suicide. Sammarco stated that it was extremely difficult for her to believe that an 8-year-old child would even understand what suicide is none the less commit it.
Officials for the Cincinnati police have refused to make any further comment on Gabriel’s death and are directing all inquiries to the coroner’s office. On Friday, the media was told that Sammarco was unavailable for comment.
On Friday, Joe Deters, Hamilton County’s prosecutor, stated that his office was now deciding whether any criminal charges will be filed in connection to Gabriel’s suicide.
Gabriel’s mother’s attorney and officials representing the school district are currently disputing exactly what Gabriel’s mother, Cornelia Reynolds, was told the day that Gabriel was found unconscious.
According to the spokespersons for the school district a school official contacted Reynolds and advised her to pick up Gabriel and take him to the hospital. Reynolds attorney states that the mother made the decision to pick up Gabriel and took him to the hospital as a precaution after her sister, who was babysitting Gabriel so she could work, called her and stated that Gabriel was throwing up and complaining of stomach pains. Once at the hospital a doctor diagnosed Gabriel with a stomach virus and sent him home with his mother, reports the Chicago Tribune.
Reportedly, Gabriel had no issues with mental health problems and he was often described as a happy child. His mother says that when she asked Gabriel what had happened to him that day at school he had stated that he didn’t remember.
A group of protestors gathered on the sidewalk across from the grade school on Friday. Many held signs demanding justice for Gabriel. Other parents also came forward to complain that their children were being bullied at Carson Elementary School. The parents stated that the bullying would not stop until school authorities took a stand, reports Aol.com.
After Gabriel’s death school officials sent notes home with students that stated that Gabriel had died in an accident and that counselors would be at the school the following day to talk to the children.
By Tammy Marie Rose
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