With so much joy in their hearts and full lives ahead of them, it’s almost impossible to think of small children having suicidal thoughts.
But it should come as no surprise that severe depression and bullying can take their toll at any age. Nearly one in four children experiences bullying, and as communication skills are limited at such a young age, most kids are unable to express what’s happening to them to their parents and teachers.
In the death of eight-year-old Gabriel Taye, we see just how horrific the aftershocks of bullying and harassment can be.
Gabriel Taye was a happy-go-lucky kid who always had a smile on his face. He loved spending time with his friends and losing himself in good books.
But on January 26, 2017, Taye’s mother found her once-happy son dead in his bunk bed of what turned out to be a suicide.