The high school and police took no action.
- 14-year-old New Jersey student Adriana Kuch ended her life after enduring severe bullying for several months at Central Regional High School.
- The final incident occurred when Adriana and her boyfriend were walking down a school hallway and a group of girls began hitting her face with a water bottle.
- Adriana fell and the girls started kicking and punching her.
- The school did not immediately intervene.
- Adriana’s father Michael Kuch took her daughter to the Berkeley Township Police Department and filed an incident report. He also reached out to school faculty and found that “no action was taken by anyone” after the episode.
- Adriana was found deceased in her home days later.
- “Getting hit with a water bottle didn’t hurt Adriana, what hurt her was the embarrassment and humiliation, they just kept coming at her,” explained Adriana’s dad.
- “I blame the girls and the school and the cops,” Michael said. “I want everyone to know what happened to her, I want justice, as much attention, so they can’t ignore it.”
BULLYING A COMMON PRACTICE AT NEW JERSEY SCHOOLS:
- Superintendent Triantafillos Parlapanides recently admitted that the most the school does is suspend students. “We’re not going to double-whammy a kid where they are suspended and then police charges as well,” he said.
- Several reviews of Central Regional High School also point to pervasive bullying.
- “I was constantly bullied and no one really did anything to stop it,” reads one review from six years ago.
- One mother, Racheal O’Dea, created a Change.org petition in an effort to review the school’s administration after her daughter was “jumped and physically assaulted by MULTIPLE girls.”
- Her daughter previously “reported threats and their previous stalking to the school weeks before it happened and NOTHING was done!”
- O’Dea’s petition has more than 6,300 signatures.
- After students planned a walk-out at the New Jersey high school, the school’s administration threatened disciplinary action. One father described it as an “abuse of power.”
- American Faith reported that a 9-year-old girl was beaten by two other students while taking the bus to Coconut Palm K-8 Academy in Homestead, Miami-Dade County, Florida.
- Two boys repeatedly hit the girl violently while the adults on the bus did nothing.
- “You’re taking care of our children—you’re still responsible for them,” the mother of the girl said, referring to the Florida school.
- “That’s what you have a job for. Not only to teach them, but if you see anything going on in your classroom, you don’t necessarily have to physically intervene, but call somebody who can. Because if somebody’s child ends up dead, it’s on the school,” she said.