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13 May 2017, 12:45 | Kristen Gross
Gabriel Taye committed suicide in January after his classmates bullied him at school. WKRC
The video then reportedly shows other students mocking the boy and kicking him.
Two days later, Gabriel was dead, having taken his own life. He shakes hands with the boy in the red and gray coat.
"He came home from school that last day", Branch says. His mother found him in his bedroom.
Later that night, at home, he hanged himself.
"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 to the hospital immediately, reported that to the medical professionals, and she would have called the police", said the mother's attorney Jennifer Branch.
It was not until March that the video was brought to their knowledge.
The "heartbroken" mother is hoping other parents and students will come forward with more information. Branch said that a legal team is now working to determine whether to file a lawsuit and who would be named as the defendant in such an event. The coroner's spokesman said Friday that Sammarco wasn't available to discuss the investigation being reopened.
Cincinnatti Elementary School released surveillance footage of the gutless attack on the young boy. The school district said it will release the footage after they're able to ensure the privacy of any students featured in the video.
The school district had refused to release the video but chose to do so to counter what it said was the detective's suggestion that the children who poked or nudged or kicked Gabriel were assaulting him.
"Cincinnati Public Schools is reviewing with faculty and staff the procedures regarding adult supervision in the restrooms", the district said in its statement. The statement also said the nurse contacted Gabriel's mother and asked her to pick him up and take him to the hospital, a claim denied by the family, Branch said. Neither doctors nor the boy's mother knew what had happened earlier that day, her attorneys said. "The next day, Gabriel went back to school".
Branch contends that school officials did not tell the boy's mother that he had been attacked.
"He went to school and we have no idea what happened", Branch said.
Leader said she watched the surveillance video and that it shows another boy acting aggressively toward students. "Their investigation has concluded and no charges were filed", read the statement obtained by the Enquirer. Only after that did an assistant principal rush in to attend to the boy. One of them, Kathryn Lundy, said she pulled her two children from the school two years ago because of bullying. Seven county residents 18 and younger have died as suicides this year. "Covering it up and pretending it's not happening isn't doing anyone any good".
Cornelia Reynolds, Gabriel's mother, declined an interview Friday and referred questions to her attorneys. Teachers described him as a positive, neat, well-spoken and behaved student.
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In January, Cincinnati Public Schools reported that the number of bullying incidents had declined systemwide: In the 2014-15 school year, there were 319 reported incidents; in 2015-16, there were 265 reports; in the first semester of this school year, 107. He was sent to the nurse's office, then taken home by his mother.
"I just think it needs to stop, and something needs to be done", she said.
"I saw some concerning events, and I don't even have a child at that school".
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