By Martin Awuku
A 10-year-old boy, Seven Bridges, from Kentucky allegedly committed suicide after he was relentlessly bullied at school for wearing a colostomy bag.
“I saw my son dead. That’s something in my head,” Tami Charles told the station.
“For the few minutes that we left, he didn’t want us to see that,” Seven’s father, Donnie Bridges, added.
Seven was a miracle child given that Tami had been told she couldn’t have children of her own. Unfortunately, he was born with an unspecified bowel condition and had to undergo 26 unsuccessful surgeries to fix the issue, WDRB-TV reported.
“Twenty-six surgeries from the day my son was born,” explained Seven’s mom. “He just wanted to be normal, that’s all.”
The condition forced Seven to wear a colostomy bag since birth. According to the Mayo Clinic, a colostomy bag collects waste from a portion of the colon outside the body after a procedure called colostomy.
Bullies targeted and harassed the boy over the smell from the colostomy bag. He endured months of relentless bullying and soon it became so bad that the family started planning on transferring Seven to another school next year.
“We would talk to him about having new friends and a new start. He just had to get to the end of the year.” Tami said.
Now, the major question troubling the family is if the school could have done more to contain the bullying and possibly prevent their child’s death. Tami sad, “We found that the school system 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.”
“JCPS: You all failed my baby,” she added addressing her child’s school district.
The family demanded the school board open a probe back then. Now, with their child dead, the family says they plan to take legal action against Jefferson County Public Schools.
We cannot bring back little Seven, but we can take a stand against bullying by spreading awareness of just how deep the pangs of bullying cut. Nobody, let alone a child, should have to suffer so much to an extent of taking their own life.