High school pranks like streaking are usually harmless and may lead to minor discipline from the school, but no one ever expects it to end in tragedy.
Well, that’s exactly what happened in an Alabama high school.
It all started when 15-year-old Christian Adamek, who was quite popular among his peers, decided to streak across the field at a football game. After his prank, which his fellow students praised him for, the school district had him arrested. Going even further, they took to a local news station to publicly threaten him with expulsion, criminal charges, and get him put on the sex offender’s registry.
Just a week after the streaking incident, while the district was threatening him, Adamek hanged himself. Two days later, he died in the hospital.
The district, which most say has blood on its hands following the boy’s suicide, declined to comment on Adamek’s death, but did put out a statement saying that their “prayers and thoughts are with the family during this time of bereavement.”
Now, as family and friends mourn the loss of the young by with a bright future, many blame the school district for the way they treated Adamek after doing something that many teenagers do.
The incident is now being investigated to see what part the school played in the boy’s death, but despite the circumstances, the boy’s mother Angela spoke fondly of her son at his memorial service.
“Remember to smile,” she said. “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.”