Days after 8-year-old Gabriel Taye died, parents of his classmates at Carson Elementary School in West Price Hill are vowing his death won’t be in vain.
Gabriel’s mom, Cornelia Reynolds, said one week ago her son took his own life by hanging himself from his bunk bed using a necktie.
Reynolds believes bullying pushed her third-grader over the edge.
Emery, who volunteers at the school, is convinced kids are bullied on a daily basis.
What Cornelia Reynolds is going through seems unimaginable.
She says the world she knew ended on Thursday when she found her child’s lifeless body.
“My son hung himself,” Reynolds said.
Those haunting words will stay with her forever.
She found her only child, 8-year-old Gabriel Taye, in his bedroom after she picked him up from Carson Elementary in Price Hill.
“I was in the living room at the kitchen table, and I went back to check on my son and I found him hanging from his bunk bed,” Reynolds said.
Gabriel was a third-grader. One teacher called him a model student who loved to learn and make friends.
But Reynolds says her son spent a lot of time in the school’s nurse’s office and there were some days Gabe simply wanted to stay home.
Now she thinks those were signs he was bullied by other students. If that was the case, Reynolds said her little boy couldn’t or didn’t want to talk about it.
“I guess he didn’t know how to tell me stuff was happening,” Reynolds said. “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.”
A school spokeswoman told WLWT investigator Todd Dykes district officials are still trying to make sense of what happened and will continue discussing the situation with leaders at Carson Elementary.
Gabriel’s art teacher at the school, Antonio Smith, holding the last piece of art his prized pupil gave him, said the little boy’s death reflects bigger problems happening at younger ages.
“He reminds me of me, when I grew up downtown in Lincoln Court and Stanley Row,” Smiths said. “You know, being neat, clean, positive, speaking correctly, coming to school to love to learn. Right now those type of young men are looked at as outcasts.”
Smith added, “But he was hit with so much peer pressure outside of school, you know? That peer pressure is monumental. And I’m just going to miss him.”
Cincinnati Public School district leaders sent a letter to parents of students at Carson Elementary on Friday, calling what happened “a very sad situation” involving what the school described as the “accidental death” of a student.
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