Boy, 10, kills self after being bullied for wearing colostomy bag, family says
(FOX NEWS) -- A 10-year-old Kentucky boy allegedly died by suicide after he was repeatedly tormented at school for wearing a colostomy bag, reports said Tuesday.
Seven Bridges took his own life at his family’s home on Saturday while his mother was out grocery shopping, WHAS-TV reported.
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.
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 mother, Tami Charles, told the station.
"JCPS: You all failed my baby," Charlies said of her son's school district.
The family reportedly plans to take legal action against Jefferson County Public Schools.
The district says its has opened an investigation, but cannot comment on pending litigation.
If you or a loved one is feeling distressed, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The crisis center provides free and confidential emotional support 24 hours a day, seven days a week to civilians and veterans. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Or text 741-741.
See here for the warning signs and risk factors of suicide. Call 1-800-273-TALK for free and confidential emotional support.