Cornelia Reynolds’ life has been in shambles since she found her 8-year-old son hanging in his bedroom from an apparent suicide in late January of this year. The boy faced a reported “ample” amount of bullying from classmates, and the mother wants answers to why she was never informed of his harassment.
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The video that allegedly pushed Gabe Taye to his breaking point has finally been released to the public after much resistance from law enforcement. In the video, Taye can be seen approaching a bathroom where students are already waiting. That’s when the assault begins.
“He actually attempts to shake the assailant’s hand, and the assailant pulled him forward and slammed him into the wall, and he is knocked unconscious for seven-and-a-half minutes,” said the family’s attorney Jennifer Branch.
Taye had thrown up shortly after getting picked up from school, but his mother simply chalked it up to a 24 hour bug or something he’d eaten earlier that day. What Reynolds didn’t know was that her son was being tormented by bullies and had been attacked and left unconscious earlier that day.
Reynolds allowed her son to stay home from school for two days, but on January 26, she went to check on her son and found him hanging from the ceiling. “I was in the living room at the kitchen table, and I went back to check on my son and I found him hanging,” Reynolds told WLWT.
A police detective who watched the video when he was investigating the incident told a local Cincinnati newspaper, “I witnessed behavior that in my belief is bullying and could even rise to the level of criminal assault.”
Reynolds wants to know why she was never informed of the bathroom incident or the other alleged incidents her son endured while he was supposed to be in the care of the school. Instead of being told the truth, school officials told the mother that Taye had fainted in the bathroom.
“If the school had told her what had happened to him in the bathroom, that he was unconscious for such a long period of time, she would have taken him to the hospital immediately, reported that to the medical professionals, and she would have called the police,” she said.
“I just feel like enough is not being done, and I feel like stuff is being swept under the rug,” Reynolds told WLWT. Shortly after news broke of the young boy’s suicide, officials at Carson Elementary issued a statement that the school has a zero tolerance policy on bullying.
The school has received backlash from many who have followed the story, blaming the school and their handling of the situation. Some protesters say the school is to blame for Taye’s death.
School officials say that the events in the video have been misrepresented by the police and media. Either way, it’s a sad day when a child is clearly not safe at his own school. Let’s hope something is done to ensure no other child ever feels this helpless again.