A few days ago, we reported the tragic news that a 6th grader had committed suicide after continued bullying. Now, we have another sad story: a 10-year-old Kentucky boy committed suicide after being constantly bullied over his colostomy bag.
Seven Bridges was at home alone for a short amount of time on Saturday when he took his own life. His mother, Tami Charles, was at the grocery store for a quick trip. His father, Donnie Bridges, was also away from home at a church choir practice, noted PEOPLE.
Charles came home to find her son had committed suicide. She told a local news station, “I saw my son dead. That’s something in my head."
“For the few minutes that we left, he didn’t want us to see that,” Bridges told WHAS11 of his son’s death.
Seven had a hard life during his 10 years. He was faced with a number of challenges.
"After he was born, Seven underwent several surgeries that included the insertion of a colostomy bag. When he grew older, it was removed but he continued to have difficulties when waste would leak," reported People.
Children at Kerrick Elementary allegedly taunted Seven due to the smell that came from his bowel condition.
“Twenty-six surgeries from the day my son was born. Twenty-six surgeries. He just wanted to be normal, that’s all,” Seven’s mother explained to WHAS11.
Things went beyond that level. In August, he was allegedly choked and called a racial slur while riding the school bus.
“He couldn’t fight back,” Bridges told the outlet. “He didn’t know how to hurt you. He had no malice, none.”
The parents brought the bullying to the attention of school officials. They opened an investigation, but it made things worse for Seven.
“Because I was so aggressive in advocating for him, they started to act differently toward him,” Charles told WDRB.com of students and faculty members.
A month before he committed suicide, Seven's parents found him crying hysterically. He said his friends had ostracized him.
“We cried that night,” Charles told the outlet.
But Charles said he never thought his son was depressed enough to commit suicide. In a few months, he was set to start school at a new middle school, W.E.B. DuBois Academy next year.
“We kept telling him this will all be over,” Charles told WHAS11, adding that she believed the school could have done more to help her son.
“We found that the school system had a lot of holes and a lot of inconsistencies with their policies about bullying,” Charles told WLKY. “They stood on the verbal message, the lip service of zero tolerance, but they did not deliver.”
Charles has since created a GoFundMe page in hopes of raising funds to cover Seven’s funeral cost