Gabriel Taye: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
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Gabriel Taye: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Gabriel Taye (Facebook)

An 8-year-old boy in the Cincinnati area hung himself just two days after being bullied by classmates at his school.

Gabriel Tayes was identified by his mother as the boy who took his life following what appears to be a case of bullying and assault back in January at Carson Elementary School in Cincinnati.

After an investigation and review of evidence, no charges were filed in the case, mostly because of the ages of the subjects. But that could change with new information surfacing.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Taye Lost Consciousness After an Assault & Killed Himself Days Later

Gabriel Taye (Facebook)

The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that Taye was assaulted by another student in a restroom before other classmates kicked and struck him for around five minutes while he lay on the ground unconscious.

Officials from Carson reportedly didn’t tell Taye’s mother that he was assaulted or that he was rendered unconscious. They only informed her that he fainted, her lawyer Jennifer Branch said.

Just two days later, the unthinkable happened.

Shortly after arriving home from school at 5:30 p.m. on January 26, the 8-year old hung himself in his room. He was found dead in his bedroom, using a knotted necktie to commit suicide from his bunk bed.


2. The Investigation Has Been Reopened by the Coroner

Gabriel Taye (Facebook)

With no charges ever being filed in the case, outrage struck the community as pleas to reopen the investigation were made.

As details of the case continued to surface, Hamilton County Coroner Lakshmi Sammarco said she requested police reopen the investigation, implying that Taye’s death could possibly be ruled a homicide as a result of the bullying he allegedly suffered. She’s since made the decision to review all new information in relation to the Taye’s death and asked authorities to treat the matter “as a homicide” until it’s proven otherwise.

“There’s enough information here that we would like to reopen the case to look at whether we need to amend the death certificate,” Sammarco said on May 11 on WLW Radio. “It was very hard for me to believe that an 8-year-old would even know what it means to commit suicide and so I asked Cincinnati police to treat this as a homicide until proven otherwise and investigate it fully.”

Sammarco told The Enquirer after the radio program that she intends to “review all the new info including the video when it’s provided.”


3. The School District Released a Video of The Bullying

Officials from Cincinnati Public Schools initially denied a request by The Enquirer to release the security footage of Taye being bullied and refused to comment on the video or the assault. They cited the federal privacy law.

But they changed their minds May 11 and released the footage the next day.

Watch the full surveillance video above.

The security camera video, taken from a hallway camera, shows Taye inside the school being assaulted by another student in a restroom. He’s pulled to the ground by the student in the bathroom and his legs are shown in the bathroom’s doorway unmoved for over five minutes.

Taye laid on the ground as other children step over him with a few stopping to check on his well being. At one point in the video, an adult staff member is seen in the hallway and seems to be unaware that Taye is laying unconscious in the doorway.

As multiple students stop over his motionless body, a few seem to kick and nudge him. Five minutes after Taye hit the ground, an adult was alerted by students and staff responded to check on him.

CPS said that after reviewing the video, officials discussed whether or not the video should be published.

“We felt this video added to the public knowledge about what happened in this case,” the school system said in an accompanying news release. “We believe parents and members of the community have the right to important information that helps them understand how safe students at local schools are.”


4. The School Said Tayes’ Mother Didn’t Take Him to the Hospital After Being Advised to

CPS spokeswoman Janet Walsh released a statement that expressed concern in how long it took adults at the school to respond to Taye after the assault.

It said that Taye was tended to and administrators “followed protocol” once he was discovered.

A nurse at the school checked Taye’s health and reported him being in a “normal” condition. Walsh’s statement said that the nurse advised Taye’s mother to take him to a nearby hospital right away.

While we are concerned about the length of time that Gabriel lay motionless and the lack of adult supervision at the scene, when school administrators became aware of the situation they immediately followed protocol by calling the school nurse to evaluate Gabriel. The school nurse checked Gabriel’s vital signs, which were normal. She also contacted Gabriel’s mother and asked her to pick him up and take him to the hospital to be checked out.

But Branch, who’s representing Taye’s mother, fired back at that statement May 11. The attorney wrote that she took great issue with officials saying the mother was urged to take her son to the hospital. Instead, she wrote, “the nurse’s notes verify” that wasn’t in fact the case.

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. 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 (he) 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. It is helpful that CPS did not deny that Carson officials withheld this vital information from Gabe’s mother.

A small group of protesters stood outside of Carson Elementary on March 12 demonstrating against school officials and their failure to prevent the child’s death due to bullying.

After his mother picked him up from school, Taye became nauseous, vomiting twice during the evening. After puking, Taye’s mother decided to take him to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where he was evaluated.

He was released from the hospital the next morning at around 6 a.m. and it was determined he had the stomach flu, Branch said. He stayed home from school that day, but attended the next day — returning home and committing suicide inside his room.

Branch and Taye’s mother say that the matter should have been investigated immediately and police should have been called.


5. Youth Suicides Have Been on the Rise Across the Country

Gabriel Taye (Facebook)

The death of the 8-year-old boy has led to a widespread discussion of a serious issue facing our nation: a rise in youth suicide.

The boy taking his own life was 2017’s first suicide victim in Hamilton County. There have been five more in the county since then, an alarming trend in any community.

The Enquirer reported May 5 that since 1999, residents 18 and younger in Hamilton County have committed suicide at an average of about five a year.

But there were three huge spikes in years: 16 in 2009, 11 in 2011 and 13 in 2016.

Across the nation, suicide is listed as the second-leading cause of death for those between the ages of 10-24. According to The Jason Foundation, more teens and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease combined.

A new series on Netflix, titled 13 Reasons Why also factors into the recent mix. The show focuses on suicide notes that a teen girl leaves behind after her suicide. An influx of calls have been reported to suicide hotlines, and Netflix has now said it’d place warnings on the show because watching it may trigger “risky behavior” for some.

Those who have suicidal thoughts or know someone who is struggling from them are advised to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.


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31 Comments

Deez Nuts

To be honest, I blame the school administration WAY more than the kids who bullied Gabriel. Honestly, the kids were just being kids. Kids bully. The school nurse should definitely be fired. Her failure to properly inform the mother infuriates me!

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makarios72

Anyone joking about this incident or Cincinnati has no soul. A liitle boy is dead and his family is probably really taking it hard. My heart goes out to them, and I shake my head at any idiot lacking enough empathy to exercise restraint this one time.

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pinkfloyd

Horrific. The school, the children who assaulted this poor boy, and the mother should all be charged with manslaughter. There was fault and negligence on so many levels. An untreated head wound could easily have contributed to this child’s choice to take his own life and the negligence displayed by the mother in failing to seek medical attention is utterly mind boggling. His death is, at least in part, probably due to medical neglect. An untreated concussion certainly must have contributed to the boy’s act of desperation. That being said, I have a great deal of sympathy for Taye’s mother, who will have to live with this guilt for the rest of her life and has probably been punished enough by the pain of the incomparable loss of a child and she might not have realised the urgency of the situation due to ignorance and because she was not made aware of the severity of his injuries.

The school is culpable for failing to inform the mother of the extent of his injuries/the fact he was unconscious for so long. With ANY head injury in a child, ESPECIALLY one that results in loss of consciousness, medical attention is an absolute must and by failing to inform the mother and by failing to monitor the children enough, allowing the assault to take place at all, they played a part in this tragedy.

The children who assaulted this child obviously need help, but I’ll be sorry if they to receive some sort of punishment for their role in this crime. They are also responsible for Taye’s death; if he had not been assaulted he would not have felt compelled to end his life and, as I said before, the fact that he sustained head trauma that left him unconscious for FIVE MINUTES probably contributed significantly to his choice to end his life– if the assault had not resulted in a head injury, he might well have been able to cope/not been as depressed (concussions can cause mood swings, impulsivity, and depression) and not made such a tragic decision.

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Happy Pre Fourth Froh Sting Y'all

Just another future pizza delivery bozo. There are plenty of them. Nothing to see here folks. Move on.

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makarios72

Another useless, heartless, soulless troll her folks nothing to see. Move on.

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Anonymous

The school should be held criminally libel for not calling EMTs. The child was unconscious for five minutes. That nurse should loose her license for malpractice. The kids who initiated the assault may be considered too young for prosecution, but it seems that the adults were just concerned with covering their asses.

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Kay Latoza

I agree that the mother should get a lawsuit against the principal, the school, and the nurse. none of them did their job I mean there was a video of it which was linked to one in the main office and you mean to tell me that no one there saw it. I f they know who did it they need to punished like put in junior detach center maybe than they might wake up. We need to stop bullying no matter how they do it bullies will continue until we take a strong stand against them.

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Happy Pre Fourth Froh Sting Y'all

Hey great idea!! They can get off food stamps forever that way!! God bless America!!

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Ashley Nicole

The school better take the heat for not informing the mom! This should be a lesson to school staff everywhere NOT to minimize bullying and the effects it has on children. My four year old son was bullied and it effected him very much.

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Ohhhhh Frow stee Ohhhhh

Your son is a pussy
Mine DO the bullying
The bigger they are the harder YOU fall. Didn’t ya get the memo?
Lol

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carter

what a worthless piece of shit and cow bile you are, your daddy must be proud the day he gave birth to you through his backside.

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Ohhhhh Frow stee Ohhhhh

Stick to baking cookies
This is too hard fer ya
Yer not ready for the big leagues
Lol

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pinkfloyd

‘Ohhhhh Frow stee Ohhhhh’ is probably an edgy 12 year old, so let’s not be too harsh.

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Happy Pre Fourth Froh Sting Y'all

So pinkfloyd are you part ih The Wall Trump will put up to protect those if US who are worthy or are you just another dishwasher who’s part of the problem?

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Anonymous

Black lives matter and the rest of the liberals including Obama don’t give a damn about black on black crime. This poor sweet baby…may he rest in peace

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Michael☆

Good by little one, no one heard you cry ! Except for the bullies . So sad

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mykynla

I couldn’t imagine. I have an 8 year old and bullying is very relevant among the children today. This is heartbreaking as a mom. I feel for her #Prayerstohisfamily

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Cynthia Gage

And what makes it worse, is they didn’t tell the mom, so she didn’t have enough concern to take him to the hospital. I probably would have been in the same seat as her, if they had lied to me about what happened. That nurse needs to be fired.

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mykynla

That is messed up smh. I am a different type of mom because I am questioning everybody even if they seem irrelevant to the problem

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Anonymous

I would think they just figured he fainted until they saw the video. At the time, they would have found him on the floor with no one else talking about what happened. He might not have been able to tell them. However, at my school they would have called the paramedics if a student fainted like that. I’m not sure that taking him to the hospital would have done anything. The hospital diagnosed him a little while later with the stomach flu. That’s what they came up with based on their knowledge at the time. The biggest problem, kids walking over him without doing anything and no one getting help when he got knocked out. Who is the bully they are all afraid of? How many ignored him before someone finally got help?

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