Gabriel Taye Biography — Wiki
Gabriel Taye was an 8-year-old student who killed himself after being persistently bullied and whose parents can move forward with a lawsuit against the Cincinnati school district that alleges wrongful death and other charges, a federal appeals panel ruled Tuesday.
The three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court Appeals said Gabriel Taye’s parents had established ‘reckless behavior’ that prevents school officials from receiving governmental immunity for their handling of the case.
Gabriel Taye Age
Gabriel Taye was 8 years old at the time of death.
Gabriel Taye killed himself after being bullied; his parents can sue the school district
The lawsuit’s allegations also charge school officials with intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress and failure to report child abuse. The lawsuit says Gabriel Tay was bullied at his elementary school starting in first grade, with the bullying escalating in his third-grade year.
Other students punched and kicked him in assaults and on January 24, 2017, knocked him unconscious by throwing him against a bathroom wall, the parents say in the lawsuit. The surveillance footage shows Gabriel walking into the bathroom and passing out on the ground before three students mock, nudge and kick his unconscious body for five minutes until school officials intervened.
Gabriel’s parents, Cornelia Reynolds and Benyam Taye, say that administrators did not call 911 when the boy regained consciousness and waited over an hour to contact his mother. When they did call Reynolds, they lied to her about what had happened, claiming that he fainted, the lawsuit alleges.
Reynolds said that she asked her son what had happened, and he said he only remembered falling and hurting his stomach.
The boy vomited twice that night, prompting his mother to take him to a hospital.
Doctors diagnosed him with a gastrointestinal issue and released him.
Reynolds kept the boy home the next day before sending him back to school the following day. He stayed home sick the next day, returned to school on January 26 and was bullied again in the bathroom by students who took his water bottle and tried to flush it down the toilet, his parents say.
He killed himself that evening in his bedroom.
What we know so far about Gabriel Tay parents
Gabriel Taye’s parents, Cornelia Reynolds and Benyam Tate, say school officials either misrepresented bullying attacks on their son or failed to inform them.
In the lawsuit, she claims she would not have sent him back had she known about the bullying incident.
The court ruling says that administrators at Carson Elementary didn’t call 911 when Taye was knocked out, failed to punish the bullies, didn’t tell teachers of problems, didn’t supervise the bathroom despite repeated bullying, and withheld information.
They ‘ultimately, prevented Taye´s parents from fully understanding Taye´s horrifying experience at Carson Elementary until it was too late,’ wrote Judge Bernice Bouie Donald.
The opinion noted that the school’s own safety guidelines warned that suicide can result from bullying.
‘This is a preliminary decision based on plaintiffs´ side of the story and assuming that everything they say in their complaint is true,’ the defendants’ attorney, Aaron Herzig, said. ‘However, it does not reflect the facts as they have developed throughout this case.’
He declined to say whether there would be further appeals of the ruling, which upheld a lower court.