Adriana Kuch Death: NJ Parents, Students Escape School Board Meeting After Bullied Teen Suicide
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One by one, students and parents at a New Jersey school board meeting told how they or their children were tormented by bullies like those who attacked Adriana Kuch, who took her own life while county officials did nothing.
But new Superintendent Douglas Corbett said before Thursday night’s meeting that he didn’t think there was a culture of violence and bullying in the district.
Skeletons in the school district’s closet have returned to haunt Central Regional High School since 14-year-old Adriana was found dead in her home on Feb Video of their hallway attack has been widely shared on social media.
This ignited the community and tensions ran high during Thursday’s meeting, which was attended by hundreds of angry and grieving students and parents.
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One student said he was desensitized to the barrage of racist comments being thrown at him. Another student said she needed treatment in a psychiatric hospital because she self-injured after being bullied for being gay.
Adriana’s friend Hailie Engesser said during the meeting that she herself had been bullied and reported it to no avail.
“I was just told to ignore it, be the bigger person, walk away,” she said.
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Fox News Digital has received numerous emails from parents and students describing specific incidents of bullying, ranging from bigoted insults to brutal assaults.
There is a current lawsuit against the school district over a nearly identical hallway attack on another student that was recorded and uploaded to social media.
“I had a student who came to the district happy and healthy. He didn’t need any doctors or psychiatric help, he’s on medication now,” a parent said during the meeting.
“We are injured. you are hurt My daughter comes home and she’s scared and she doesn’t want to go to school,” said another parent as she choked back tears.
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The noisy crowd shouted at the school board members as they went through the proposed agenda, and board chair Denise Wilson threatened to shut down the meeting.
Central regional superintendent Triantafillos Parlapanides resigned amid the backlash, but Adriana’s father, Michael Kuch, has said in previous interviews that he wants a complete overhaul of the administration.
Before the meeting began, Corbett, the new superintendent, said during a press conference that he didn’t think there was a culture of violence and bullying in the district.
After the briefing, the school district emailed the media a new “Action Plan to Prevent and Combat Bullying.”
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“Everyone in the Central Regional School District and the high school is mourning the loss of Adriana Kuch,” Corbett said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this difficult time. The circumstances of her death are troubling and we share the community’s shock.”
The nine-point action plan included, among other things, establishing a governance community and hiring an outside agency to review current bullying policies, reviewing cellphone policies, providing district training on how to deal with bullying situations, and a range of student education activities.
He stressed that the plan is preliminary and fluid.
“These are just a few examples of ideas, and we look forward to advancing these and other initiatives,” said Corbett.
One item noticeably missing from the plan is if officers call the police after there’s a physical assault that didn’t happen after Adriana was assaulted and it didn’t happen when another student was assaulted in January 2022 became such an ongoing lawsuit.
Police involvement is “certainly a topic of discussion,” Ocean County Attorney Bradley Billhimer told Fox News Digital last week after meeting with school officials and students.
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Four students, whose names were not released because of their age, have been criminally charged in connection with the hallway attack.
One juvenile was charged with aggravated assault, two juveniles were charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated assault and the fourth juvenile was charged with molestation.
All four students involved in the attack were expelled from the local high school.
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