NOVEMBER 14, 2017
GABRIEL TAYE’S FAMILY OPPOSES
CINCINNATI SCHOOL BOARD’S ATTEMPT TO DISMISS LAWSUIT
Contact: Jennifer L. Branch 513-535-4123
The family of Gabriel Taye has opposed the Cincinnati School Board’s attempt to dismiss the lawsuit that was filed against CPS and former Carson Elementary Principal and former Assistant Principal for the bullying and death of eight-year old Gabriel Taye. This is national Anti-Bullying Week. Instead of opposing the litigation that is designed to expose the problems at Carson Elementary School, the parents of Gabriel Taye urge the School Board to be transparent and solve the epidemic of bullying and youth suicides in the school district. A copy of the opposition can be found here:
Gabriel Taye’s family’s lawsuit depicts CPS officials’ cover-up of the bullying and violent climate at Carson Elementary School which put Gabe Taye in danger. His parents did not know the CPS officials had created policies and practices that encouraged violent behavior at Carson. Gabe’s parents were unaware that he was not only being repeatedly harmed by violent bullying, but one incident, which was caught on surveillance video, left him lying unconscious on the bathroom floor for over seven minutes while other students taunted and kicked him. CPS was aware that Gabe was taken to the hospital that same night for symptoms that were likely related to this incident and still purposely withheld information from his parents, which prevented them from not only protecting him from future harm, but from seeking appropriate medical attention. If CPS had only been honest and transparent with his family, they would have removed Gabe from Carson before the relentless bullying escalated to the point where Gabe felt he had no choice but to end his life.
The case is pending in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio before the Honorable Timothy S. Black. A decision by the Court is not expected for several months. If CPS’s motion to dismiss is denied soon the case will proceed to the discovery phase and be set for trial in late 2018.
Gabriel’s mother, Cornelia Reynolds is also represented by Carla Loon Leader of The Law Office of Carla Loon Leader. 513-502-3299. Gabe’s father, Benyam Taye, is represented by
Michelle Young of Gregory S. Young, Co. LPA. 513-721-1077
If you or someone you know needs help, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or get more information on their website, suicidepreventionlifeline.org.