‘It was never about money from day one’ | Lawsuit claims school system bears responsibility in first grader’s alleged suicide

Parts of a lawsuit accusing East Central ISD for causing the suicide of a first-grader were struck down in court. But significant parts of the suit still remain.

SAN ANTONIO — The East Central Independent School District fought off some layers of a wrongful death lawsuit involving first grader Jeffery Taylor. But a judge did not kick the case out of court.

“We filed this case over eight months ago now, and we’re just getting started,” Blerim Elmazi said.

Dallas-based Elmazi and Houston-based Bredric Berry represent Jeffery Taylor’s mother, Lakeshia Chaney. She believes East Central ISD bears responsibility for her son’s shooting death.

“It’s a very tragic situation and set of circumstances that this family is still having to deal with to this day,” Berry said.

Jeffery Taylor was a first grade student at Salado Elementary School in 2019. According to his mother, Jeffery was sad when the school left for Christmas break.

“Why are you so sad? This is the last day of school?” she said. “Shouldn’t you be happy? (It’s) Christmas break?”

Chaney said her 7-year-old told her about being called names at school, including racial slurs. Following a talk with Jeffery, her calls to the school went unanswered, likely because everyone had gone home for the break.

She and her husband, Jermaine, went out that night, Dec 20. They returned home, checked on the kids, and went to bed. Her husband said Jeffery was still alive.

By morning the story changed. The couple discovered Jeffery had shot himself in the head during the night or early morning hours.

Police rushed to the couple’s Channel View home in southeast San Antonio. After investigating the scene, San Antonio declared the shooting an accident, and the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office reached the same conclusion.

Chaney’s husband said they own

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