NJ superintendent made stunningly vile claims about teen who committed suicide in email to media

In what may be the vilest school response to a tragedy in the history of school responses to tragedies, the Superintendent of New Jersey’s Central Regional School District blamed the suicide of 14-year-old Adriana Kuch two days after students brutally beat her in the school’s hallway on her use of drugs and her grieving father’s “affair” with the woman who became Adriana’s stepmother.

As American Wire News reported, a graphic video of Adriana being viciously attacked on Feb. 1 by a group of girls as she lay in a fetal position against the Central Regional High School lockers in Berkeley Township, N.J. quickly went viral on social media.

Two days later, after she was bombarded with nasty messages, Adriana killed herself in her bedroom closet.

“Getting hit in the face with a water bottle didn’t hurt Adriana,” Adriana’s grief-stricken father, Michael Kuch, told ABC7 News. “What hurt Adriana was the embarrassment and humiliation. They just kept coming at her.”

DailyMail.com reached out to Central Regional with a series of questions to determine if the school had offered any support to Adriana prior to the attack.

The response was nothing short of jaw-dropping, both for its complete lack of accountability and for its callous attempt to blame the victim and her mourning father.

When asked what services were provided to Adriana, Superintendent Triantafillos Parlapanides wrote in an email, “After [Adriana’s] mother’s suicide since her father was having an affiar [sic] at the end of her 6th grade.”

“Her father married the woman he had an affair with and moved her into the house,” Parlapanides continued. “Her grades and choices declined in 7th and 8th grade. We offered her drug rehab and mental services on 5 occasions but father refused every time.”

“We tried helping her several time [sic] but mother’s suicide was a major reason she started making poor choices,” he also claimed.

As the Daily Mail had previously reported, Michael Kuch had revealed that Adriana’s mother, after battling addiction, committed suicide in 2015 when Adriana was seven years old.

Parlapanides’ email came as Michael Kuch was preparing for his daughter’s visitation ahead of her Saturday funeral.

In response, Kuch called Parlapanides, who, as the head of three schools in the district is the highest-paid school administrator in his town, a “piece of sh*t.”

“I don’t know how to respond to this insane deflection,” he said.

Kuch denied Parlapanides’ claim that Adriana was offered “drugs counseling.” According to him, he and Adriana’s stepmother, Sarah, were the ones looking for help for Adriana after the parents discovered she had been vaping marijuana, a common practice in her school.

As American Wire reported, following the attack on Adriana, Parlapanides elected not to call the police.

“I don’t believe a police report was done. We normally just suspend,” he told News12 New Jersey. “If a parent wants to press charges, they can with the police. We’re not going to double-whammy a kid where they are suspended and then police charges as well.”

The lack of response on Parlapanides’ part infuriates Kuch.

“I can’t begin to tell you how angry I am at the school, at the police department…If those videos hadn’t been posted, these girls would have ended up with a one-day suspension or in no trouble at all,” he told the Daily Mail. “The [school] has done nothing. They should not be in charge of our children’s safety.”

Three of the four girls who allegedly attacked Adriana were initially charged with fourth-degree assault. The fourth was charged with disorderly conduct. All four were suspended indefinitely from the school.

But on Friday, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced upgrades to those charges, the Daily Mail reports: “One is now charged with aggravated assault, and could face court as an adult, one with harassment and two with conspiracy to commit aggravated assault.”



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