By all accounts, Gabe Taye of Cincinnati, OH was a happy-go-lucky-kid. Nevertheless, his mother found him in his bedroom on January 26 hanged by his necktie from his bunkbed in an apparent suicide.
What Gabe’s mom – Cornelia Reynolds – didn’t know was that her 8-year-old child had been brutally beaten to the point of unconsciousness at Carson Elementary School just two days before.
Harrowing footage of the assault was released on Friday and the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office is reopening the case as a possible homicide until proved otherwise.
According to New York Daily News:
The video shows Gabe walking into the bathroom and attempting to shake hands with a classmate. He then goes to the ground motionless, where he remains for 7-1/2 minutes before he is helped. While he was on the ground, other students offered little assistance and can be seen kicking him.
The school district said in a statement Friday that “in an effort to be completely transparent, we are releasing the video that was reviewed as part of an investigation by the Cincinnati Police Department.”
Following the incident, school officials had called the boy’s mother on Jan. 24 and said he had fainted. The mother came to get Gabe after the school called her.
Later, Gabe complained of stomach pains and began vomiting profusely, so his mother took him to the local hospital. The doctor said he had a stomach flu and he was sent home. Neither the doctor nor his mom knew of the beating he had endured earlier.
The next day, the little boy came home from school, spoke with his mom and went to his room. Reynolds found him dead a little while later.
Officials from the Cincinnati Public School – in an effort to cover their capability – said that they had told Reynolds to have a doctor check him out after the “fainting” spell.
“On the eve of Mother’s Day, it is unfortunate that CPS chose to blame Gabe’s mother for not taking him to the hospital after he was injured at school,” the family’s lawyers said in a statement. “No one from CPS told Gabe’s mother that she needed to take him to the hospital. The nurse’s notes verify this.
“In fact, if his mother had been told that Gabe was assaulted and was unconscious for over seven minutes on the bathroom floor, she would have taken him to the hospital and not let him return to Carson,” the lawyers said. “It is helpful that CPS did not deny that Carson officials withheld this vital information from Gabe’s mother.”
This tragic story could have been averted if the school had been upfront about the bullying from the start, but school officials instead tried to protect themselves from liability. God bless little Gabe.