The family of 8-year-old Gabriel Taye, who committed suicide in January after being bullied, is suing the elementary school he attended for withholding critical information about the incident and hiding the environment that led to his death.
A lawsuit filled in the district court of Cincinnati states that the lawyers representing Gabriel Taye’s family said that the Carson Elementary School only told Taye’s mother of the incident after he recovered.
By not telling the mother the full extent of the incident, the school withheld vital information that could have been used to find the right treatment for Gabriel.
On January 24, 2017, Taye was knocked unconscious in a bathroom in Carson Elementary School. As he laid on the ground, other kids kicked and stepped on him. A surveillance tape showing the incident was released back in May.
Two days later he hung himself on the bunk bed in his bedroom using his neck tie.
The lawsuit describes an atmosphere of, “aggression, violence, bullying, intimidation, and harassment”, according to NBC News.
In their own reports, the school district recorded only a small amount of bullying incidents during the 2016-2017 school year.
A second report on bullying in the school district, which also includes Carson Elementary, makes no mention of Gabriel’s incident and what happened afterward.
(Source: NBC News)
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