At the time of his death the autopsy reports manner of death was suicide. An Ohio coroner has reopened an investigation into the death of the eight-year-old boy to examine security-camera video from the boy’s school that shows him getting pulled head first into a restroom wall two days before he died by “supposed” suicide.
Last week the Cincinnati Public Schools released 23 minutes of the January 24 video from Carson Elementary School that shows the little boy on the restroom floor, not moving, for seven and one-half minutes as more than a dozen students walked by him. Some students kicked him; others poked him, until an assistant principal (Jackson) came to his aid with a school nurse.
The school personnel did not mention to his mother about the physical assault; instead they told her he simply fainted, probably due to stomach flu.
Since the child vomited several times during the night, his mother took him to the emergency room of a hospital and kept him home the day of January 25th. When little Gabriel returned home from school the afternoon of January 26th he went to his room and hanged himself with a tie, from his bunker bed.
Bullying is a common practice at schools all around the nation, in front of the blind eyes of principals, assistant principals and other people of authority at the schools.
Psychologists claim that bullying does not suddenly and mysteriously appear full-blown among children.
As young children enter early childhood settings, they bring with them a history of experiences with family, media, and other children. These experiences prepare children to be more or less likely to engage in bullying-related behavior.
In some families, children experience or observe family violence, physical punishment, or the use of verbal or physical aggression to control others. These family experiences may lead children to initiate aggressive behaviors and become involved in bullying in early childhood settings. In contrast, when children grow up in less punitive and more caring families and learn positive social skills, they are less likely to initiate bullying in early childhood settings.
Bullying is a serious matter and schools should be more involved and communicate with the parents of the bullied child. After all, isn’t it what the law says?
Here in Las Vegas there was a similar case when a beautiful little girl, Hailee Lamberth, took her own life on December 12, 2013, when she couldn’t deal with the bullies at her school. I don’t know; I never met her parents, Jason and Jennifer Lamberth, but I’m still thinking and praying for them every day.
I honestly believe that instead of going after the School Board it is time for authorities around the country to take action against principals of individual schools and the parents of the bullies who have no clue as to how to educate a child.
Since authorities cannot go after the perpetrators because they are “minors,” even if those minors have criminal minds, they should file charges against their parents and maybe, just maybe, it will teach them a lesson and start correcting their children’s actions.
It is time for those parents to start thinking they are going to continue living with their little monsters, but the life of another parent has been totally destroyed until the day she, he or they can reunite with their lost child in heaven.