On this mother’s day weekend, we feel the love we so selflessly give every day. Our kids bring home their homemade cards, with their little hand prints or flowers they drew for us. We go to brunch and get pampered for our one day out of the year. But some mothers won’t be receiving homemade cards or extra hugs because their child isn’t here anymore. They lost their child to the epidemic that is spreading through this country and the world. They lost their babies to suicide. Today, I will be remembering women who lost their babies to suicide.
Cornelia Reynolds, lost her 8 year old son, Gabriel to suicide in January of 2017. In a surveillance video, released by his school, you can see Gabriel being assaulted and knocked unconscious. This incident happened 2 days before his suicide. Gabriel laid there for over 5 minutes, being kicked and poked by other boys, before any adult comes.
When help finally comes, instead of contacting an ambulance, the school nurse had Cornelia pick Gabriel up from school, telling her that he fainted. Later that evening, Gabriel began vomiting, so he was taken to the hospital where they said he had stomach virus (neither Ms. Reynolds nor the ER doctor had any knowledge of what transpired in the bathroom that day.)
2 days later Gabriel hanged himself with a necktie in his home. In a despicable act, the school takes no culpability, stating that they “didn’t know what happened in the bathroom.” ??? How is that possible? GO watch the surveillance footage that I just watched and you’ll see what happened, Carson Elementary School and the Cincinnati School District are heinous human beings. Period (but that’s a post for another day.)
Today, I would like to offer my sincere condolences to Cornelia for the loss of her only son. My heart breaks for her
Tricia Norman, lost her 12 year old daughter, Rebecca to suicide in 2013. After enduring over a year of bullying and cyberbullying, Tricia pulled Rebecca out of her elementary school to home school her. Rebecca had switched schools and Tricia believed her daughter was happy there. She had no idea that the girls Rebecca had a problem with at her old school had taken to the Internet to torture her daughter.
Rebecca left for school on Monday morning but never got there. Tricia reported Rebecca missing at 7 p.m., having never received a call from the automated system at the school telling her that Rebecca wasn’t there. Deputies found Rebecca’s body at 2:25 a.m.
Tricia, I am so incredibly sorry for your loss and I will remember you on this mother’s day and every day.
Katrina Goss lost her 11 year old son, Tysen to suicide, in April of 2017. After returning home from school on March 14th, Tysen seemed happy and proud that he went to his tutoring that day without being reminded. Katrina baked for him as a reward. Tysen went to his room after dinner.
Goss went to say goodnight to Tysen around 10 p.m. and found his door locked. She opened it with her key but didn’t see her son anywhere-she thought he was playing a trick on her. Katrina found her son hanging in his closet. She tried to pick him up while screaming for her older son to call 911. Paramedics were able to revive Tysen but he succumbed to his injuries 3 weeks later.
Goss stated that evening Tysen was texting someone who was using someone else’s Snapchat account. This person told Tysen his girlfriend had died. No one told him it was a prank. Katrina stated that her son died because of a “twisted, sick joke,” and I agree with her.
Katrina, I am so sorry for the loss of your son. Please know I am thinking of you today and everyday.
Jane Clementi lost her 18 year old son, Tyler to suicide in 2010. Tyler had been a victim of a disgusting invasion of privacy when his roommate at Rutgers University taped him during an intimate situation. He then invited other students to view it. Tyler found out about the incident and that his roommate was planning on doing it again.
Several days later, Tyler jumped off the George Washington Bridge.
Jane started the Tyler Clementi Foundation which was created to raise awareness and prevent bullying. The Tyler Clementi Foundation is a non-profit organization working to end online and offline bullying, harassment, and humiliation.
Happy Mother’s Day Jane. I am so very sorry for your loss
And last, but certainly the most important one to me, my Mom, Sue. She lost her daughter, my sister, Jessie to suicide in 2015. My sister was suffering from postpartum depression. She was not monitored properly and ended her life in August of 2015.
Happy Mother’s Day Mommy. I love you so much. Thank you for being so strong and taking such good care of the girls and I.
To all the Moms out there, Happy Mother’s Day. Hold your children a little tighter today as you remember the mother’s who have lost their babies to suicide.
Thank you for reading