A 10-year-old boy who was relentlessly bullied for wearing a colostomy bag committed suicide.
Seven Bridges of Louisville, Ky., was the miracle child of Tami Charles, who had been told she couldn’t have children of her own.
But Seven was born with serious health problems in 2008 and was forced to use a colostomy bag from birth.
“Twenty-six surgeries from the day my son was born,” explained Charles. “He just wanted to be normal, that’s all.”
On Jan. 19, while his father was attending church choir practice and his mother was grocery shopping, Seven walked into a closet and took his own life. Police did not release the cause of death.
“For the few minutes that we left, he didn’t want us to see that,” said Seven’s father, Donnie Bridges.
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.
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.”