A US school system has released surveillance footage showing bullies beating an 8-year-old boy unconscious days before his suicide.
The Cincinnati Public School system released the video on Friday 12 May.
It showed bullies at Carson Elementary School knocking Gabe Taye, 8, unconscious for seven-and-a-half minutes.
On January 24, Taye walked into a bathroom at the school and witnessed a group of students hurting another student.
Moments later, an unidentified child thrust Taye into a wall, knocking him unconscious, according to family lawyer, Jennifer Branch.
In the 24-minute-long video, Taye appears to shake hands with another boy before falling to the floor and lying motionless.
According to a police report, after Taye was knocked to the ground, the other students continued to torment him.
The shocking incident would later precede Taye’s tragic suicide.
However, in the moments that followed the attack, the school did not make it clear what had actually happened.
Initially, a school official had called Taye’s mother, Cornelia Reynolds, and told her he had simply fainted.
When Ms Reynolds collected Taye from school, he vomited twice, prompting her to take him to the hospital.
According to reports, Taye continuously complained that his stomach hurt, yet neither he nor his mother knew why.
Had Ms Reynolds known that her son had been unconscious; she would have taken him immediately, according to Jennifer Branch.
Two days after the incident, the 8-year-old committed suicide by hanging himself from his bunk bed.
In the school district’s statement, it was revealed that no charges would be filed.
“The connection between this incident at school and Gabriel’s suicide are not clear”, read the statement.
“The district shared this video with police investigators at the time of the incident.
“Their investigation has concluded and no charges were filed”.
Taye’s heartbroken mother, Ms Reynolds, also issued a statement, obtained by CNN, shortly after the death of her son.
She said: “Gabriel was a shining light to everyone who knew and loved him.
“We miss him desperately and suffer every day.
“His life was not only stolen from him, but from those of us who expected to watch him grow up.
“If I could, I would give anything to have him back”.