10-year-old boy dies by suicide; mother says he was bullied
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky mother reeling from her 10-year-old son’s death says Louisville’s school district must do more to prevent bullying.
Tami Charles is a local comedian and radio host. She says her fifth-grader, Seven Bridges, killed himself on Saturday.
Chalrles told the Courier-Journal she gave her son a few cleaning chores to do. When she returned about an hour later, most of the chores were completed, but Seven took his own life before finishing them.
Charles and her husband Donny Bridges say the school district is partly to blame for the boy’s death.
His parents say he was bullied repeatedly this school year. He was allegedly called a racial slur by one child and choked by another on a school bus. He was teased for having a bowel condition he was born with that required numerous surgeries.
Jefferson County Schools superintendent Marty Pollio said everyone is devastated by the eighth recorded suicide this year in the district of 100,000 students. The district has provided grief counselors at Kerrick Elementary, and is investigating the reports of bullying.
Charles said she wants her son’s death to help start a dialogue about the problems of bullying and what can be done.
“His death is an example of what can happen when we choose not to take the issue of Bullying seriously,” Charles said in a GoFundMe page.
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