September 24, 2018. Cincinnati, Ohio. Today, U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Black denied Cincinnati Public School’s request to dismiss the case brought against the district by the parents of Gabriel Taye, an eight-year-old boy who committed suicide on January 26, 2017, following bullying at his elementary school. The Court found that the lawsuit may continue on a number of claims, including that CPS officials made misrepresentations to and concealed information from Gabe’s parents. Gabe’s parents filed the lawsuit because CPS knew Gabe was the victim of bullying, including an attack by classmates that left him unconscious for more than seven minutes, yet misrepresented to his mother that Gabe had merely “fainted.” CPS also concealed from his parents the extent of the bullying that went on at Carson Elementary School. In allowing the case to go forward, the Court recognized that suicide is a risk of bulling.
“Our children face a national epidemic of bulling and suicide in this country. What happened to Gabe Taye, an eight-year-old boy who committed suicide in third grade, should not happen to any other elementary school child. By allowing this case to proceed, we will have the chance to hold Cincinnati Public Schools accountable for their covering up what happened to Gabe and for their placing him in danger,” said Jennifer L. Branch, attorney for Gabe’s mother. “No other parent should be kept in the dark by a school district about the level of danger their child faces at school. That is why Gabe’s parents brought this case.” Ms. Branch said.
The lawsuit may proceed to the next phase: discovery and then trial, which would not be expected to take place until after the end of this current school year.
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.