8-Year-Old Boy Commits Suicide After Being Bullied | NBC Nightly News


HAPPENED.
NBC’S BLAKE MCCOY HAS
MORE. >>Reporter: IT’S BEEN
NEARLY FOUR MONTHS
SINCE CORNELIA REYNOLDS DISCOVERED
THE UNTHINKABLE, HER
8-YEAR-OLD SON DEAD IN HIS BEDROOM.
GABRIEL HAD HANGED
HIMSELF FROM HIS BUNK BED.
>>HE PROBABLY DIDN’T
WANT TO SAY MOM, SOMEBODY BULLYING OR
PICKING ON ME, YOU
KNOW. HE JUST DIDN’T KNOW
HOW TO TELL ME.
>>Reporter: REYNOLDS SPOKE WITH WLWT DAYS
AFTER GABRIEL’S DEATH
AND SAYS SHE WAS NEVER TOLD HER THIRD GRADER
WAS BEING BULIED BUT
TONIGHT THIS VIDEO SHOWS AN ALLEGED
ASSAULT IN A SCHOOL
BATHROOM WHERE GABRIEL IS KNOCKED UNCONSCIOUS
TWO DAYS BEFORE HE
ENDED HIS LIFE. >>THE SCHOOL DISTRICT
NEVER TOLD MOM THAT
THERE WAS A VIDEO. THEY NEVER TOLD MOM HE
HAD BEEN ASSAULTED.
>>Reporter: FAMILY ATTORNEYS WERE GIVEN
THE VIDEO AFTER THEY
ASKED QUESTIONS. THE SCHOOL DISTRICT
DENIES ANY WRONGDOING
SAYING IN PART THROW THE CONNECTION BETWEEN
THIS INCIDENT AT
SCHOOL AND GABRIEL’S SUICIDE ARE NOT CLEAR,
THE DISTRICT SHARED
THIS VIDEO WITH POLICE INVESTIGATORS AT THE
TIME OF THE INCIDENT.
THEIR INVESTIGATION HAS CONCLUDED AND NO
CHARGES WERE FILED.
THEY SAY A SCHOOL NURSE CHECKED
GABRIEL’S VITALS AT
THE TIME, WHICH WERE NORMAL AND CALLED HIS
MOM.
SHE SAYS SHE WAS ONLY TOLD HER SON HAD
FAINTED.
>>THEY BUSTED MY BABY’S LIP.
THEY BUSTED HIS NOSE,
AND I’M SORRY. >>Reporter: THIS NEW
VIDEO IS PROMPTING THE
CORONER TO REOPEN THE DEATH INVESTIGATION AS
GABRIEL’S MOTHER