STUDENTS CONDEMN CALLOUS SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS AFTER GIRL KILLS HERSELF
The suicide of a 14-year-old student gave other victims of bullying the courage to come forward and condemn school board members for doing nothing to stop the violence.
Adriana Kuch hanged herself in a closet at home two weeks ago after being brutally beaten by four bullies at a school in Bayville on the New Jersey Shore.
A video of the attack, with onlookers laughing in the background, was posted on social media and went viral, humiliating Adriana more than she could bear.
“They used the video to continue to harass and intimidate her and make fun of her,” said her father Michael Kuch.
NO COPS WERE CALLED AS ADRIANA LAY IN HER OWN BLOOD
At the school board meeting Thursday, the young students stepped up to the microphone, one after another, and spoke through tears and anger of their pain and suffering at the hands of bullies.
“Adriana reported many times about being bullied and you guys just sat there and did nothing,” one of her friends, Hailie Engesser, told Central Regional School District members.
“It’s really, really hard just going to school because of all the bullying,” said the ninth-grader. “You didn’t notify the police about that or about Adriana. She was just left on the floor blacked out.”
Milo Luga said she’s been bullied “every day” since seventh grade because she is gay.
“I’ve been to mental hospitals, and I’ve been suicidal, and I’ve self-harmed because of what happened to me in the school,” she said.
SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS UNMOVED BY THE ANGUISH
All the anguished cries for help had zero effect on the school board members. They just sat there apparently unmoved.
As emotions and anger mounted, school board president Denise Wilson threatened to shut down the meeting as she conducted a vote to appoint a new superintendent. The former superintendent Triantafillos Parlapanides resigned last week amid the outcry when he tried to shift the blame for Adriana’s beating onto the girl herself.
The board president appointed Douglas Corbett as superintendent, ignoring parents in the audience who shouted, “No, no, no!” and “What’s his background?”
NOTHING WILL CHANGE
The new superintendent immediately denied there is a “climate of violence” at the school. Which means that, despite the outpouring of emotions at the meeting, nothing will change. Unless and until the whole school board is voted out of office and replaced with human beings who care about the physical and mental health of children. Until then, the Jersey Shore’s Central Regional School District will remain a child’s worst nightmare.
SHOCKING VIDEO SHOWED ADRIANA BEING KICKED AND PUNCHED
The video of the attack showed the bullies throwing a drink at Adriana, kicking and punching her and dragging her down the hallway. They pushed her into lockers, pulled her hair and hit her with a 20-ounce water bottle as onlookers laughed.
“My daughter actually blacks out and they don’t call an ambulance,” said her father. Adriana had “never been in a fight before,” he added, “she’s 98 pounds, 5-2 and she loves everybody.”
Police were not called, and the four teenage girls who attacked her initially only received a suspension. They have since been charged with assault. Their names have not been released due to their age.
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This seems to be a national tragedy, that thanks to social media has gained ground. Most of the school boards are wokies, as well as most of the teachers, and I know more than a few retired educators. We have the same problems in Texas. Bullying, social media attacks and other acts of violence against teens. I was in high school in the 1960s, and we had a few students we knew were gay, but no one treated them any different or bullied them. Back then, disputes between us were settled with a fist fight, or a good wrestle, and that was it. No knives, 9 mm handguns, and no attacks by groups. I was not bullied in school, but I new a boy that was. A few of the football team took care of the perpetrators. My 16 year old grand daughter is coming for a weeks visit during her spring break, and she and I will visit about her life, in school and out. Thanks for covering this Mich.
Breaks your heart alright — yeah, I do hate that “woke” crowd.