A video from 2016 shows 8-year-old Gabriel Taye dying by suicide two days later at his home.
CINCINNATI — A broad settlement of the bullying case that led to the death of an 8-year-old boy could be a pattern for fighting school bullying.
Ross Ellis, founder of the non-profit advocacy group STOMP Out Bullying, says that for any roadmap, school districts – in this case Cincinnati Public Schools, CPS – have to be committed. “Sweep the bullying under the carpet”
Gabriel Tay, a third-grader, was repeatedly bullied at school before killing herself in 2017. The city’s board of education will consider a deal on Monday to pay the family of 3. millions of dollars and bring about change to combat bullying in school districts.
The family’s lawyer, Al Gerhardstein, a civil rights lawyer, said that in honor of Gabriel the family will use the agreement to protect current and future CPS students. The Gabriel Memorial will be placed at the Carson School. which is the elementary school he attended
“We will ensure that these reforms are rooted and end bullying across the CPS system,” Gerhardstein said.
On January 24, 2017, a student pushed Gabriel into the wall of the men’s bathroom. The explosion left Gabriel unconscious for seven minutes. in a school video about the mayhem other students step on gabriel Former assistant principal Jeffrey McKenzie met Gabriel but didn’t call 911. The boy complained of stomach pain and spent hours at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
He stopped studying from home the next day. Then, on Jan. 26, two other students bullied Gabriel in the Carson bathroom and stole his water bottle. That day, he committed suicide in his mother’s bedroom.
“When a child is bullied He fell unconscious on the bathroom floor as the children mocked and kicked him. but no one was helped. That’s saying something,” Ellis said. “Every state has laws against bullying. But if there is no enforcement (by school) is useless.”
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The Cincinnati plan will identify bullying by tracking repeat offenders, repeat victims, and recurring locations. Will attempt to intervene with students who are involved in the bullying so that they do not continue. School nurses will have the power to report suspicious incidents of bullying.
The agreement relates to training. and supervision staff and includes oversight of the anti-bullying plan for two years..
Julie Paultsch, who directs a program at Loyola University Chicago School of Law that seeks to prevent bullying in schools across the country. Praise the Cincinnati School for agree to the two-year supervision and committed to change
Pautsch said many schools do not pursue bullying. Investing in technology and people to track events is a step in the right direction, Pautsch said.
“It’s not that we can prevent (bullying) at all,” she said, “but it’s how schools react and how they intervene before it becomes so severe that you can’t go back and children are harmed.”
Ellis said she would like to take a closer look at the projects the Cincinnati school is considering. She said she trusts schools to educate children, but not so much when it comes to bullying.
“I hate to be insulted. But we’ve been doing this for 15 years,” Ellis told USA TODAY. “Let’s see if after two years the school will take it seriously.”
Ellis said the close, repetitive interaction of teachers trained in working with gangsters and their goals was essential. It takes time and patience
A federal lawsuit filed in 2017 alleges that the students’ aggressive behavior towards each other was “rampant” at the school — and school officials were aware of it. But it conceals rather than warns parents.
Five months ago, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously rejected the district’s petition to dismiss the lawsuit. in the opinion of the court The court said the alleged actions of the nurses and Carson School administrators were “Serious and clearly negligent.”
They “protect parents (Gabriel’s) ultimately did not understand (his) horrible experience at Carson Elementary until it was too late,” the court said.
To settle the case, district and school officials denied the allegations. “And confirmed that they were not involved in any wrongdoing.”
Attorney Aaron Herzig, a partner at Taft Law Firm, represented the school district in the case. said the deal was in everyone’s best interest.
“Defendants strongly believe that both CPS employees of the Company Nor is the school nurse responsible for the tragic death of Gabriel Tay,” Herzig said. “The CPS aims to eradicate bullying in schools. and continually improve and improve the reporting, management and training processes related to bullying incidents.”
Bacon reports from Arlington, VA. Contributors: Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati Inquirer.
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