"We Need To Talk About This Bullying"

A 10-year-old boy named Seven Bridges committed suicide in Louisville this past weekend after allegedly suffering intense bullying at school. Seven’s colostomy bag was the source of the intimidation, according to the youngster’s parents.

“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, Tami Charles, tells the media. Seven underwent several failed surgeries in attempts to correct a birth defect. The youngster’s parents were aware of the bullying that took place at Seven’s school, Kerrick Elementary School, which is why they planned to enroll their son in another school during the fall.


“We signed him up for DuBois academy,” Tami shares. “We would talk to him about having new friends and a new start. He just had to get to the end of the year.”

Many of the students bullying Seven reportedly commented on the smell that exuded from the youngster’s colostomy bag. A few of the children allegedly bashed the youngster for being African-American.

Tami Charles is heartbroken over her son’s death and hopes to further the conversation about bullying in the United States. “At 10-years-old, my question is how did you even know how to do that,” the bereaved mother wondered. “We need to talk about this bullying,” Tami said. “Talk about this pain. I want people to do that with their children.”

Seven Bridges’ family has set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for the 10-year-old’s funeral. You can donate here.



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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