Gabriel Taye, an 8-year-old boy from Cincinnati, hanged himself in January, after falling unconscious at school, in an incident that may have led to his suicide two days later.
After his death, a Cincinnati police homicide detective reviewed Gabriels Schools’ security footage and saw him fall unconscious in the school’s bathroom after shaking the hand of another little boy. The detective said he saw “bullying” and behavior that “could even rise to the level of criminal assault,” according to CNN.
The school district released the video after the detective’s email surfaced. The Cincinnati school officials decided to share the video with police even though the connection between the incident and the boy’s death remained unclear.
Hamilton County Coroner Lakshmi Sammarco said she wanted the case reopened and investigated as a homicide.
“It was very hard for me to believe that an 8-year old would even know what it means to commit suicide and so I asked Cincinnati police to treat this as a homicide until proven otherwise and investigate it fully,” Sammarco said in a radio interview with WCPO-TV.