Surveillance footage from a Cincinnati elementary school shows students harrasing a Black kid.
8-year-old Gabriel Taye was described as a dapper child who enjoyed wearing neckties to school… On Jan. 26 he took his life hanging himself in the bedroom on one of these neckties. Why would this lovely Black kid want to do such a horrible thing?! His mother had no clue before she learned about the surveillance footage from a Cincinnati elementary school which shows students beating up her unconscious 8-year-old son.
School surveillance video shows Gabriel Taye being thrown against a wall by another child in a bathroom entrance… https://t.co/ot502AVie8
— Thus Spake (@thus_spake) May 11, 2017
The description of the video given by police is horrifying. The boy was heavily beaten and then left on the floor unconscious and there was nobody in the whole school to help him.
“I witnessed behavior that in my belief is bullying and could even rise to the level of criminal assault but due to the apparent age of the children involved my current opinion is it could be better dealt with appropriately at the school level,” detective Eric Karaguleff said in the email.
School officials denied this course of events as they already did telling the boy’s mother that he just fainted.
“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,” their statement read.
“Though the connection between this incident at school and Gabriel’s suicide are not clear, the district shared this video with police investigators at the time of the incident. “Their investigation has concluded and no charges were filed.”
Later they chose to blame Gabriel’s mother for not taking him to the hospital which is on its own rather alerting. Why was the video released so late? Why did nobody worry about the boy so little? There are many other questions to the school administration as little boys sometimes fight and they don’t often commit suicides after one loss… But they do as a result of regular harassment ignored and covered up by their schools!
“I guess he didn’t know how to tell me stuff was happening,” Black kid‘s mother, Cornelia 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?” the mother added. “He just didn’t know how to tell me.”
The negligence towards Black kids in American schools is overwhelming, the treatment is poor and the responsibility seems to be gone. We demand a thorough investigation of this incident as if there are any Black lives that matter most they are the lives of Black kids.