4 students charged after a 14-year-old girl who was attacked in a school hallway and died by suicide days later
- Adriana Kuch, 14, died by suicide two days after other students from her school attacked her.
- A video showing Kuch being beaten in a high-school hallway circulated online before she died.
Four teenagers have been charged over the attack on a girl at school who later killed herself, a New Jersey prosecutor said.
The family of Adriana Kuch, 14, found her dead at her New Jersey home on February 3 after she had killed herself, police said.
The prosecutor who announced the charges, Bradley Billhimer of Ocean County, said police had charged one of the teenage students with aggravated assault, two others with conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, and a fourth with harassment, The Independent reported. Their names have not been released.
The district superintendent said on February 9 that the four students had been indefinitely suspended from the school, NBC New York said.
A 50-second video of the attack circulated on social media on February 1 shows a group of girls attacking Kuch in a school hallway.
Approximately 200 students from Central Regional High School protested the school's handling of the incident on February 8, according to the outlet.
Michael Kuch, Adriana's father, who joined the protests, said the school did not do enough to protect his daughter.
He said that the school did not send Adriana — who was walking down the hall with her boyfriend when she was attacked — to the hospital despite her blacking out and bleeding, per NBC New York.
"If they called the police and did an investigation, those girls would not have posted videos from school," Kuch said.
Writing on Facebook, Kuch said he is fighting for justice for his daughter and other children facing bullying at school.
In a separate post, he wrote, "A mother reached out to me about her autistic son being bullied and attacked at Central recently. They even have video. If the media is watching, do something."
Tributes to Kuch's life have poured in, which her father has shared on his Facebook page.
Students said they were protesting inaction by the school authorities. One student, Roman Valez, a sophomore, said, "Adriana took her own life because nobody at the school was able to help or care or step in," NBC New York reported.
Suicide is complex, and experts say assigning single causes is over-simplistic.
Some parents were supportive of their children taking action. "I'm so proud of them; the school can finally see that something needs to be done," Denise Valez, a parent, said, per NBC New York.
The school issued a statement on its website about the suicide on Saturday, February 11.
"The Central Regional family continues to mourn the loss of one of our children," the statement said. "The District has contacted the Department of Education and will undergo an independent assessment of the District's anti-bullying policies and ensure every necessary safeguard is in place to protect our students and staff."
It also announced the resignation of Triantafillos Parlapanides, the superintendent of the Central Regional School District Board of Education.
Correction: February 17, 2023 — An earlier version of this story misspelled Adriana Kuch's first name. It's spelled Adriana, not Adrianna.
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