A security camera video taken inside a Cincinnati elementary school reveals that a student assaulted an 8-year-old boy in a restroom and other children may have kicked and struck the boy for 5 minutes while he lay unconscious.
Two days later, the child, Gabriel Taye, hanged himself.
You'd think that was the worst part but no, there's more:
In a report obtained by The Cincinnati Enquirer, a Cincinnati Police homicide detective describes the Jan. 24 Carson Elementary School video’s content: “I witnessed behavior that in my belief is bullying and could even rise to the level of criminal assault” if not for the young ages of the perpetrators.The district, the school did not tell the mom what had happened. So when she took him to get checked at a hospital, hospital staff had no idea that he may have had a concussion from kids kicking him in the head or falling on the tile floor.
School officials did not tell Gabriel's mother about the assault or that he had lost consciousness, only that the boy had fainted, said Jennifer Branch, a lawyer for the boy's mother. Gabriel's mother has agreed to identify her child publicly but did not wish to release her own name.
It is unclear what the nurse had been told about the child she was examining.
Later in the evening, Gabriel became nauseous and vomited twice, and his mother took him to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Branch said the boy only told his mother his stomach hurt, adding that the mother believes he did not know what had happened that day.Right and Gabriel probably didn't know he was kicked in the stomach as he lay on the bathroom floor, nor did his mother who, in turn, could not have let hospital staff know.
He did go to school Jan. 26 and came home. But around 5:30 p.m., he went to his bedroom, knotted a loop in his necktie and hung himself from his bunk bed.And, more than one child was assaulted over the course of the attack.
Gabriel died Jan. 26, the first youth suicide in 2017 in Hamilton County, where Cincinnati is the largest city. Seven county residents 18 and younger have died in suicides so far this year.
The police ended their investigation with no charges; it is unclear what the district is doing.
It's hard to read this and believe that any school, any district would withhold information about a child's health and safety from his parent, especially since they knew he did not faint. Perhaps they thought they had it covered since the nurse seemed to think he was okay.
Shameful, absolutely shameful.