A 10-year-old Kentucky boy allegedly hanged himself after being constantly bullied over his colostomy bag.
The boy's mother, Tami Charles came home from a quick trip to the grocery store on Saturday morning to find her beloved son Seven Bridges dead.
“I saw my son dead. That’s something in my head,” Charles said.
Seven's father Donnie Bridges was also away from home at a church choir practice.
“For the few minutes that we left, he didn’t want us to see that,” Bridges commented on his son’s death.
The child was born with a medical defect that required him to undergo more than 26 surgeries and use a colostomy bag, his family said. Bullies reportedly often tormented him because of the smell from the condition.
Seven’s mom said the bullying became so severe that he planned to transfer schools next year.
“We would talk to him about having new friends and a new start,” Charles said. “He just had to get to the end of the year.”
The boy’s family said the school could’ve done more to prevent bullying in class.
The situation came to a head in August when Seven 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.”
School officials pledged to investigate the reports of bullying.
“This is something that is just crushing,” spokesperson Renee Murphy said. “This is nothing we ever want to hear. We are all devastated by this.”
A GoFundMe page was created to help raise money for the 10-year-old’s funeral.