When an 8-year-old decides to commit suicide after being bullied in school, it staggers the mind to consider how traumatized he must’ve been to bring his life to an end.
For Cornelia Reynolds, this is a question she’s now left to live with after she found her son dead in his room, hanging from a noose.
“I was in the living room at the kitchen table,” said Cornelia to WLWT, “and I went back to check on my son and I found him hanging.”
The chain of events goes all the way back to a series of hostile encounters with bullies in Gabe Reynold’s Ohio elementary school—but administrators deny any evidence of bullying.
Unfortunately for school administrators, there apparently exists footage showing Gabe being knocked unconscious by another student in a bathroom, spending over 7 minutes laying motionless on the floor.
Carson Elementary School, however, refuses to release the footage.
“He actually attempts to shake the assailant’s hand,” said Jennifer Branch, the family’s attorney, “and the assailant pulled him forward and slammed him into the wall, and he is knocked unconscious for seven-and-a-half minutes.”
Instead of being more cooperative with the case, officials at the school have denied any issue with bullying.
The night after being knocked unconscious, Gabe began vomiting and was quickly taken to the hospital.
Doctors presumed it was the flu, but irrespective of the prognosis, only two days later, his mother says she found him in his bedroom from an apparent suicide.
For Cornelia and the family attorney, their goal is justice and to increase awareness about bullying.
“I guess he didn’t know how to tell me stuff was happening,” said Cornelia, “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.”
She added, “I just feel like enough is not being done, and I feel like stuff is being swept under the rug.”
Bullying in school can be extremely traumatic for children, including teenagers bullied in middle school or high school.