Cornelia Reynolds, mother of a third grader who killed himself in February, is speaking out and blaming the death on bullying.
"My son hung himself," Reynolds told an NBC Affiliate in Cincinnati "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.”
The mother said says her son, Gabriel Taye, spent a lot of time in the school's nurse's office. There were many days he simply wanted to stay home from school. Now, Reynolds believes those were signs he was bullied by other students.
"I guess he didn't know how to tell me stuff was happening," Reynolds said in the report. "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 surveillance video recorded Taye being beaten until he was unconscious just two days before he committed suicide. His family claims the school didn’t inform them of the incident.
In the 24-minute-long video, according to CNN, Taye appears to be shaking hands with another boy in a bathroom before he falls on the floor and lies motionless. It appears he was knocked against the wall by another student. Children then walked over the boy. Some poked at Taye for about five minutes until an adult entered the bathroom.
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