Carson Elementary School leaders replaced following third-grader's suicide

Principal reassigned, assistant principal resigns

CINCINNATI – The principal and assistant principal named in a federal lawsuit after a Carson Elementary School third-grader committed suicide will not return to the school, WCPO has learned.

Principal Ruthenia Jackson has been assigned to another school and Assistant Principal Jeffrey McKenzie has resigned, according to a spokesperson for Cincinnati Public Schools. 

The two were named as defendants by the parents of Gabriel Taye in a civil rights and wrongful death suit filed Monday. Taye’s parents claim the 8-year-old's suicide resulted from a January attack in the boys' restroom that was caught by a school surveillance camera and that school officials covered up the attack and "rampant" bullying in the school.

District officials didn't say if Jackson's move and McKenzie's resignation were related to the Taye case.

The Cincinnati Board of Education and since-retired Superintendent Mary Ronan are also named as defendants.

READ about the lawsuit.

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