The family of a 10-year-old boy from Kentucky, whose parents say killed himself after he was the victim of bullying, reportedly plans to sue his school district.
Tami Charles told local Fox affiliate WDRB that her son, Seven, took his life on Saturday.
She said her son experienced repeated instances of bullying during his time as a student attending Kerrick Elementary School and added that she and her son’s father are planning on taking legal action against Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) over the ordeal.
Charles described one instance in August in which she claims her son was sent to the hospital after being choked on the school bus and called a racial slur.
According to Charles, Seven also suffered from a bowel condition that some of his fellow schoolmates would poke fun at as well.
“JCPS: You all failed my baby,” she said during an interview with the station on Monday.
Charles told a local CBS station that she found the school district "had a lot of holes and a lot of inconsistencies with their policies about bullying."
"They stood on the verbal message, the lip service of zero tolerance, but they did not deliver," she continued.
Renee Murphy, the communications director for the school district, told the station that JCPS plans to “launch a full investigation” into the school officials’ handling of all complaints made by Sevens’s family about bullying.
“We are devastated by this,” Murphy said. “Our hearts are breaking for this family. The school community is hurting right now.”
Last month, a 9-year-old girl from Alabama drew national attention after she killed herself after she was bullied at school with racist taunts.