(Meredith) – A mother in Kentucky said her 10-year-old son committed suicide after he was repeatedly bullied at school for wearing a colostomy bag.
Tami Charles returned home from the grocery store Saturday morning and found her son, Seven Bridges, had hanged himself, WHAS reported.
“I saw my son dead. That’s something in my head,” the grieving mother told the station.
Seven attended Kerrick Elementary School in Louisville. He reportedly endured months of bullying over a medical defect. The fifth-grader was born with an unspecified bowel condition that required him to undergo more than 26 surgeries and wear a colostomy bag.
Charles said bullies tormented him over the smell from the pouch. She said the bullying became so severe that she planned to transfer her son to a different school next year.
“We signed him up for DuBois Academy,” Charles told WAVE. “We would talk to him about having new friends and a new start. He just had to get to the end of the year.”
Renee Murphy, communications director for Jefferson County Public Schools, said the district is "devastated by this."
“This is something that is just crushing,” said Murphy. “This is nothing we ever want to hear."
But Charles believes the district could have done more to prevent the bullying.
"JCPS: You all failed my baby," she said.
According to the Courier Journal, Charles plans to take legal action against JCPS. The school district has opened an investigation but cannot comment on pending litigation.
A GoFundMe page created to cover Seven's funeral expenses has raised more than $42,000.