Ohio, USA – Studies show that people who are abused by their peers are at risk for mental health problems, such as low self-esteem, stress, depression and anxiety.
A public school officials released a disturbing CCTV footage of an attack on an 8-year-old boy in a school bathroom at Carson Elementary School.
Gabriel Taye, a third grader, is seen walking into a restroom when he encounters a student. A detective investigating the case said it appears that the “agitator” had already hit one child in the stomach and Gabriel seemingly extend his arm for a shake when the boy grabs his arm and pushes him into a wall, causing Gabriel to collapse and faint.
Gabriel lies motionless, his legs crumpled under him, as other students ran away. Gabriel wasn’t moving for more than six minutes until a man finds him on the floor.
The school made no mention of the incident to the boy’s mother, Cornelia Reynolds, after she picked him up from school; only telling her that he fainted, attorney Jennifer Branch told Enquirer.
Gabriel’s mother took him to the hospital later that night after he vomited and complained of stomach pains. Doctors diagnosed him with stomach virus and just sent them home. No one knew what had happened earlier that day.
Two days after the bathroom attack, Gabriel took his own life by hanging with a necktie in the bedroom of his Cincinnati home.
Gabriel’s mother only learned of the bullying incident at the bathroom school after her attorneys got a copy of the police investigation into her son’s death.
“If Gabe’s mom had known that her son was going to school every day and experiencing, and witnessing, and being involved in these violent, very unsettling events, she wouldn’t have continued to send him there,” Branch said.
“What we are investigating is grounds to file a lawsuit and looking to see if the school district did anything to contribute to his death,” Branch said.
“There’s lots of violence going on in that school,” she said. And by “downplaying” the incident with Gabriel, the school is putting “many more kids at risk,” she added.
What to do if someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide:
– Do not leave the person alone
– Remove any sharp objects, alcohol, drugs or firearms that could be used in a suicide attempt
– Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional
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