Parents of Gabriel Taye, child who died by suicide after bullying, sue school district
**Trigger warning: this article makes mention of death by suicide**
Gabriel Taye, 8, hanged himself in his home after being bullied by students. His parents are now suing the Cincinnati school district for not acting on the bullying that led to his suicide.
Security footage shows Gabriel falling unconscious in a school bathroom after talking to another student. The footage goes on to show other students inspecting him before adults came to the scene to check on him.
The lawsuit claims that school officials knowingly withheld information about this incident from Gabriel’s mother, according to CNN.
“Our hearts are broken by the loss of this child, and our thoughts are with his parents and extended family. He was an outstanding young man, and this is a great loss for his family and our school community,” the school district said.
Cincinnati public schools attest that their staff members followed protocol and are not liable for the wrongful death of Gabriel.
“Gabriel was a shining light to everyone who knew and loved him,” the boy’s mother said in a statement. “We miss him desperately and suffer everyday. His life was not only stolen from him, but from those of us who expected to watch him grow up and enjoy life. If I could, I would give anything to have him back.”