8-year-old was bullied before killing himself, attorneys say

The 8-year-old hanged himself with a necktie in the bedroom of his Cincinnati home on January 26.

Cornelia Reynolds" lawyers obtained police records that showed her son Gabriel "Gabe' Taye was beaten unconscious in a school bathroom at Carson Elementary School in OH on January 24. The school district on Thursday disputed some of the detective's descriptions but not the most crucial parts - the boy being knocked unconscious and the 7½-minute wait for an assistant principal and then a school nurse helping Gabriel. School officials called the boy's mother the day her son was bullied and said he had fainted, attorney Carla Leader told The Associated Press.

The Cincinnati news outlet obtained a report from the OH town's police department which contains a surveillance video outside of the pre-kindergarten through sixth grade, Carson Elementary School bathroom. Other students poked and touched Gabriel for as long as almost five minutes until a school official appeared to care for the boy, according to a Cincinnati Police Department detective's written account of what he saw on school surveillance video.

The boy hanged himself from his bunk bed. Taye remains on the ground as other boys come and go from the bathroom, in some cases stepping over him. "She's devastated that her son's second-to-last day was so painful for him and that she didn't know and that she couldn't protect him".

But Det. Eric Karaguleff of the Cincinnati Police Homicide Unit viewed the security camera footage just days after Gabriel's death.

Months later, his family claims there is proof Gabe was bullied at Carson Elementary School days before his death.

A Cincinnati mother is desperate for answers in her son's death.

"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 police", Branch said. The district said there is no video evidence that other students were beating Taye.

"Cincinnati Public Schools is reviewing with faculty and staff the procedures regarding adult supervision in the restrooms", the district said in its statement.




Assistant principal Jeff McKenzie would find the injured Gabe in the bathroom, according to the Enquirer.

The police closed its investigation after Karaguleff's report.

Gabe was the first youth suicide for 2017 in his county.

Gabe was allowed to miss school the next day but returned to school on January 26.

Branch contends that school officials did not tell the boy's mother that he had been attacked.

Police investigated the bathroom incident but did not pursue charges.

Branch said the parents at the school deserve to know about the incident to hold honest conversations about bullying in school.

WLWT investigator Todd Dykes talked to Gabe's mother, Cornelia Reynolds, after the death of her only child.

Reynolds told WLWT her son spent a significant amount of time in the school nurse's office and there were some days Gabe simply wanted to stay home. "Him going to the nurse's station or him not wanting to go to school, that was his way of trying to communicate with me".

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