Christian Adamek, a 15-year-old from Huntsville, AL, committed suicide after facing expulsion and registration on a sex offender registry for streaking during a high school football game.
Adamek hanged himself on October 2, a week after the teen was arrested for streaking during the Sparkman High football game, and died from injuries two days later.
As expected, administrators were not at all pleased, however, what was not expected was the level of seriousness the school officials considered the incident.
Sparkman High principal Michael Campbell told WHNT a day before the suicide attempt, “There’s the legal complications. Public lewdness and court consequences outside of school with the legal system, as well as the school consequences that the school system has set up.”
According to the Daily Mail, in the state of Alabama, indecent exposure is linked to the state’s sex offender laws, a law that seems extreme when considering the case of a minor streaking at a local football game.
However, administrators were relentless, commenting that the event was hardly a prank and required serious treatment, going so far as to recommend that Adamek face a hearing in the Madison County court system, according to WHNT.
School officials, including Principal Campbell, declined comment, though a brief and standard statement was released, saying, “Our prayers and thoughts are with the family during this time of bereavement.”
Carrying a more genuine and somber tone, were the outpouring messages on Twitter. Similar sentiments were written, each relaying their prayers for the Adamek family and the sadness they felt of Christian’s passing.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Adamek family. No parent should ever have to bury their child. Rest in peace Christian.
— Tyler Hemphill (@Tyler_Hemphill7) October 4, 2013
RIP Christian Adamek, you’re a legend. #PrayForTheAdameks
— ☀Savannah Ledbetter✌ (@sav_led) October 4, 2013
At a memorial for Adamek, words of love and remembrance spilled forth. David Silvernail, Adamek’s Boy Scout Troop master said, “There are two kinds of people in the world; ones that brighten the room when they walk in and those that don’t, He was one that brightened the room when he walked in. That’s what I’ll always remember about Christian.”
Adamek’s mother, Angela, took a moment to thank Christian’s friends and offer words of wisdom, “Remember to smile, don’t be afraid to do something goofy and remember the consequences of those actions, ask for help when you need it, ask for help if you think your friends need it if you don’t know what to do, be quirky, be happy, be smart.”
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