Parents and students in a New Jersey school district have been shocked.
A 14-year-old local girl killed herself after she was beaten and filmed at school, leading to charges against the underage perpetrators and the resignation of the superintendent who, at first, tried to smear the victim.
Horrifying Superintendent’s Reaction to Deadly Bullying
Andriana Kuch, a Central Regional High School freshman in New Jersey’s Berkeley Township, committed suicide. This was two days after she was viciously attacked by four girls at the school who also filmed the beating.
The School District Board of the Central Regional High School said its superintendent, Dr. Triantafillos Parlapanides, resigned. The district vowed to investigate its own “anti-bullying policies” to “protect” its students, as cited by The Daily Mail.
The superintendent’s resignation from his job, which pays $190,000 a year, comes after days earlier he attempted to smear the bullying victim.
Parlapanides ranted about how Kuch’s father had an affair when she was in the 6th grade and then married his lover, bringing the girl to live with them.
The district’s top official also claimed that the girl was offered “drug rehab and mental services” five times, but her father turned them down. As he was caught by a Daily Mail reporter sneaking out of the school after his resignation, the former superintendent stated there was “nothing more to say.”
He had been questioned on his earlier comments, which seemed like an attempt to shift the blame to the underage bullying victim.
Parlapanides stepped down after parents rallied outside the Central High School with protest signs. These signs were against the district’s “shocking lack of sensitivity” in the aftermath of the suicide caused by the brutal bullying.
The protesters also complained about the administration’s failure to protect students from various cases of bullying.
Four New Jersey teenagers have been charged in connection with the attack of a 14-year-old girl who later took her own life after video of the incident was posted on social media. https://t.co/8MIp5C1xWr
— CBS Mornings (@CBSMornings) February 12, 2023
New Jersey school #superintendent #RESIGNS after smearing #bullied teenager Adriana Kuch who took her life when video of her being beaten in hallway went viral #adrianakuch #SuperintendentTriantafillosParlapanides #NewJersey pic.twitter.com/A05s3O29x8
— Brandi Worlds News (@BrandiSaari) February 12, 2023
In response to our questions about Adriana Kuch's suicide following a viral beating video and harassment from bullies, the superintendent of Central Region Schools in New Jersey responded with this shocking smear against her family. pic.twitter.com/b3IBw65E1U
— Jen Smith (@Jen_e_Smith) February 10, 2023
Charges Raised Against Underage Bullies
On Saturday, local prosecutors said the four students who are suspected of bullying Adriana Kuch had been charged.
In the 20-second video that went viral on social media, the 14-year-old girl was hit with a water bottle in the school hallway. She was brought down and then repeatedly kicked and punched, while her hair was being pulled.
Bystanders were laughing at her together with the attackers.
The four suspects were suspended indefinitely from the high school. However, the prosecutors in Ocean County, New Jersey said one of the attackers had now been charged with aggravated assault and would be tried as an adult.
Two others have been charged with conspiracy to perpetrate aggravated assault and a fourth got charged with harassment.
According to Michael Kuch, the victim’s father, his daughter’s suicide was prompted by the beating video’s posting on TikTok; it attracted further online bullying and countless hateful comments.
He said the school district didn’t make sure his daughter got medical aid and didn’t notify the police immediately.
Michael Kuch disputed the now-former superintendent’s claims that all four bullies got suspended on the day of the attack on her daughter, saying three of them were at the school the next day.
The bereaved father said he wanted to prevent other kids from experiencing what his daughter went through.
14-year-old Adriana Kuch took her own life days after a TikTok video showed she was attacked by four other teenagers at her New Jersey high school. Her father says the school did not do enough in the aftermath of the attack. pic.twitter.com/xNWGdROaFx
— CNN (@CNN) February 13, 2023
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New Jersey girl, 14, takes her own life after video shows other girls beating her up https://t.co/XFsCN6FlH8 pic.twitter.com/lpgByZpxey
— New York Post (@nypost) February 9, 2023