School district changes bullying policy after child suicide


School district changes bullying policy after child suicide

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This Friday, May 12, 2017, photo shows the Carson School, an elementary school in Cincinnati. Gabriel Taye, an 8-year-old boy, killed himself in January 2017 two days after being knocked unconscious by another Carson School student, and Cincinnati Public Schools released a 24-minute surveillance video Friday, May 12, 2017, that appears to show Gabriel trying to shake the hand of a boy who had hit another child, before collapsing to the floor after being pushed into a wall at the entrance of a boys' bathroom. (AP Photo/Lisa Cornwell)

An Ohio schools superintendent isn't saying whether changes to its bullying policies have been influenced by the suicide of an 8-year-old boy who reportedly had been bullied.

Cincinnati Public Schools Superintendent Laura Mitchell tells WCPO-TV the district website now has a prominent link for reporting bullying, that teachers and staff are receiving more training, and the district has hired a social worker with expertise in stress management.

Mitchell did not say if the changes were connected to the death of Gabriel Taye in January 2017. The boy's family says he hanged himself after being bullied at his elementary school.

Gabriel's family filed a wrongful death against the district claiming school officials ignored a culture of bullying.

The district has filed a motion to have the lawsuit dismissed.

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