The family of Adriana Kuch, a 14-year-old New Jersey teenager who committed suicide in February 2023, announced a lawsuit against the Central Regional School District of Ocean County.
Adriana Kuch’s father, Michael Kuch, told CBS New York how his daughter was attacked in a hallway at Central Regional High School, and the horrifying incident was recorded and shared on social media.
According to Michael, the bullying continued online even after the physical attack, which exacerbated the trauma his daughter experienced. After Adriana’s suicide, Dr. Triantafillos Parlapanides, the school district’s former superintendent, resigned; however, he was also named in the lawsuit.
This legal action comes a year after Adriana’s tragic death, which her family attributed to school and online bullying.
case Adriana Kuch: Allegations against the school district
The lawsuit, filed by the Kuch family through their attorney, Bill Krais, targets the school district, the former superintendent, and other officials.Kriss said the district is aware of a “culture of violence” in secondary schools, but he did not protect Adriana enough.
Besides, Michael Kuch criticizes the school’s response to bullying, noting that the police should have intervened quickly because of previous harassment cases.
The Kuch family, through their lawyer, revealed that their decision to file the case was due to the desire to prevent similar tragedies from happening to other families.
They want the school district to be held accountable for its alleged failure to effectively address the problem of bullying. The family is also actively involved in local and national organizations working to end bullying.Kriss emphasized the profound impact Adriana’s death had on his family, with Michael Kuch haunted by his daughter’s death.
School bullying in the United States
Bullying in the United States is a significant problem that affects students of all ages, races, and social classes. It manifests itself in various forms, including physical, verbal, psychological, and, increasingly, cyberbullying.
This phenomenon can have detrimental consequencesonr the emotional, psychological, and physical well-being of students, affecting their academic performance, self-esteem, and mental health.
Recent statistics show that a substantial proportion of students experience bullying at some point in their school life, which highlights the prevalence of this problem. Additionally, the rise of social media and digital platforms has facilitated cyberbullying, allowing it to spread beyond the school environment and affect students in their homes.
Victims of bullying often face long-term effects, such as depression, anxiety, and, in extreme cases, suicidal thoughts.
In response to this growing problem, various initiatives and policies have been implemented at the state and federal levels in the United States to prevent and address bullying. Many schools have adopted bullying prevention programs that include training teachers and students, establishing clear intervention policies, and creating a more inclusive and safe school environment.
Besides, legislation in many states has strengthened measures against harassment, forcing schools to take stronger action against bullies and provide support to victims.