Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education (CPS) and the Gabe Taye Family are expected to reach a settlement agreement to resolve the lawsuit filed after Gabe's death. The agreement is subject to the approval of the Board of Education on Monday, June 7, 2021. The proposed settlement builds on the bullying reporting system now in place at CPS and includes the following additional non-economic terms:
- Improved efforts to identify bullying by tracking repeat offenders, repeat victims and repeat locations where acts of bullying take place regardless of how the school or district becomes aware of the bullying;
- Improving the ability of school nurses to report suspected incidents of bullying within the district’s reporting system;
- Intervening with those engaged in bullying by using restorative justice principles;
- Adopting the state model policy for deterring bullying;
- Training and supervising all staff to follow the reforms; and
- Placing an appropriate memorial to Gabriel Taye at Carson School.
CPS and Plaintiffs' Counsel will meet twice a year for the next two years to monitor these non-economic terms.
The defendants, including a nurse employed by the City of Cincinnati, have also agreed to pay a total of $3 million as part of the settlement. The settlement agreement was made to avoid the cost and uncertainty of continuing the disputes between them.
Lead counsel for the family, Al Gerhardstein, stated, "In honor of Gabe his family is using this settlement to protect current and future CPS students. We will make sure these reforms take root and end bullying throughout the CPS system." Co-Counsel Carla Loon Leader and Michele Young added, "These parents have fought hard for the four years since Gabe’s death. We are awed by their strength and commend them for their commitment to pursuing such a comprehensive settlement."
Aaron Herzig, a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP and lead outside counsel for CPS, said, "Resolution of this difficult matter is in the best interest of all parties. The defendants strongly believe that neither CPS, its employees, nor the school nurse were responsible for the tragic death of Gabriel Taye. CPS does embrace the elimination of bullying within schools, as well as continuing to refine and improve reporting, management, and training processes related to incidents of bullying."