After he was repeatedly tormented at school for wearing a colostomy bag, A 10-year-old Kentucky boy allegedly committed suicide, reports said Tuesday.
Seven Bridges hung himself at his family’s home on Saturday while his mother was out grocery shopping, WHAS-TV reported. The child’s mother, Tami Charles, said she found him hanging inside a closet.
“I saw my son dead. That’s something in my head,” Tami Charles told the station.
Bridges was born with an unspecified bowel condition and endured 26 unsuccessful surgeries to fix the issue, WDRB-TV reported. The ailment resulted in the need to wear a colostomy bag.
“Twenty-six surgeries from the day my son was born,” explained Charles. “He just wanted to be normal, that’s all.”
A colostomy bag collects waste from a portion of the colon outside the body, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Bullies reportedly targeted the child over the smell from the bag. Bridges endured months of repeated bullying, his mom told the station.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Even in elementary school, Seven was a victim of bullying. In September, The boy claimed he was called the N-word by another student on a bus ride home. When he refused to fight the bully, he was choked.
“I still can’t get him choking me out of my head,” Seven told TV station WHAS in September.
“JCPS: You all failed my baby,” The Charles’ said about her son’s school district.
Charles demanded the school board open a probe back then. Now, with her son dead, she plans to take legal action.
“The balls that were dropped, it wasn’t that (the school board) didn’t have these tools, they just weren’t at our school,” said Charles. “It wasn’t that they didn’t have these tools to help the victims of bullying, they just weren’t there. They weren’t used.”