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A bullied boy's parents are suing his school after his suicide


The parents of an eight-year-old boy who killed himself have filed a lawsuit against the Cincinnati Public School district in Ohio.

Gabriel Taye hanged himself with a necktie in January and his parents say it could have been prevented if their son's school had informed them that he was being bullied.

The suit claims the school district didn't properly respond to Taye being bullied and didn’t inform his parents of an incident that occurred two days before his death at Carson Elementary.

School security cameras caught the incident on tape. The 24-minute video appears to show Taye shaking hands with another boy outside a bathroom before falling on the floor.

Other students then walk by, seemingly inspecting and poking him for several minutes before any adults intervene.

Parents with children currently attending Carson are hoping that the lawsuit Taye's parents filed brings positive changes there.

The lawsuit alleges that administrators at Carson failed to protect Taye from a treacherous school environment that led to his suicide.

His family claims Taye was bullied to death at the school, and the incident has shined a light on bullying in elementary schools.

Casey Claypool's son was close friends with Taye, and he has children at Carson.

"If this was taken care of at first instead of just putting zeros or sweeping it under the rug, then this wouldn't have gone so far and now we have to watch our babies like crazy," he told WKRC News.

"I'm just hoping that this school year is so much better and people see that Carson is a great school if we have the right leadership."

Carson hired a new Principle for the 2017-18 school year.

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