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Eight-Year-Old Kills Himself Two Days After Being Beaten In School Bathroom

Michael Minay

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Eight-Year-Old Kills Himself Two Days After Being Beaten In School Bathroom

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Being bullied at primary school can have a lasting effect on anybody. Sadly, for eight-year-old Gabriel 'Gabe' Taye it cost him his life.

The schoolboy committed suicide just two days after he was beaten unconscious by is classmates in Ohio.

What's worse is, at the time, the school (Carson Elementary School) told his mum that there was no evidence of bullying and that Gabe had simply fainted.

However, since then, worrying footage has emerged which shows Gabe being violently attacked by his classmates in the toilets.

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The video, which has been publicly released, shows a boy assaulting other children in the bathroom before Gabe walks in.

Family attorney, Jennifer Branch, told Cincinnati.com: "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."

Branch said that the biggest concern was that there is more violence going on that had never been reported.

She added: "As we learn things, it's been hard to share them with Reynolds [Cornelia Reynolds, Gabe's mum] because her response is, 'if I had only known'.

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The school claims the police and media have 'characterised' events in the video, and refuse to release it. The school maintains that it had received no reports of bullying in the winter term.

In the evening after the attack, Gabe had vomited and was taken to hospital where the family were told it was most likely to be stomach flu.

Gabe took the next day off school, but returned the next day. His mum discovered his body in his bedroom a few hours after getting home.

"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 in January.

Branch said that the family is after justice, especially after the lack of bullying reports means that they weren't aware of how their son felt, nor were they able to help him.

"I guess he didn't know how to tell me stuff was happening," Reynolds added. "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. That was his way.

"He probably didn't want to say, 'Ma, somebody's bullying or picking on me,' you know? He just didn't know how to tell me."

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However, Reynolds also wants to use this as an example to other parents, to be alert for the signs that their children are being bulled.

"I just feel like enough is not being done, and I feel like stuff is being swept under the rug," said Reynolds.

The police are investigating the matter having reviewed the footage.

Schools can be some of the most hostile environments for children to be in when being bullied. Sometimes they feel they have nowhere to turn.

Earlier this week, Reuben de Maid appeared on This Morning to talk about his experience - and how he didn't realise he was being bullied at first. He thought it was 'normal'.

At 12-years-old, Reuben is a confident young lad, who likes to wear make-up. He explained his reasoning to Holly and Phil.

The important thing to remember is, if you, or anyone you know is being bullied, encourage them to speak up, and speak out.

Topics: Ohio, Bullying

Michael Minay
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