The father of 14-year-old Adriana Kuch who killed herself two days after she was recorded being attacked at school told DailyMail.com exclusively that she was told not to come back to school in case she was bullied further over her injured face.
Michael Kuch went on to describe the administration at Central Regional High School in Berkeley Township, New Jersey, as a ‘cancer‘ after the superintendent blamed the dad’s ‘poor choices’ and affair for his daughter’s tragic death.
Adriana’s dad was speaking at a visitation at the Mastapeter Memorial Home in Bayville for his daughter, where hundreds came to pay their respects to the teenager, who was found dead in her home on February 1.
One girl has been slapped with aggravated assault charges and another is facing harassment charges while two others are accused of conspiracy to commit assault, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer said Friday. They are all suspended indefinitely from school.
Michael told DailyMail.com that he in discussions with a family lawyer regarding the family’s next legal steps. He also said that attorneys from across the country have been in contact with him.
Michael Kuch, shown here on Friday at his daughter’s visitation, told DailyMail.com that he in discussions with a family lawyer regarding the family’s next legal steps
School superintendent Triantafillos Parlapanides tried to deflect blame away from his department following the tragedy
Hundreds came to pay their respects to Adriana at a visitation on Friday but there were no members of the Central Regional High School faculty present
The 20-second viral clip shows several students attacking the teen and hitting her with a water bottle as she walked with her boyfriend. Bystanders are also seen laughing at Adriana after she was punched, kicked and had her hair pulled, while she lay in the fetal position on the floor of the school hallway.
One of the attackers could be heard yelling, ‘That’s what you get you stupid a** b****.’
Her family now says that the teen’s funeral, which was due to take place on Saturday, has now been canceled. There were no members of Central Regional High School’s faculty present at the visitation.
Michael told DailyMail.com that his daughter was not suspended in the days leading up to her death but was told not to return until injuries as she may have been subjected to further ridicule.
‘We can’t stop crying this is the last time I’m ever going to see her.
‘It was not supposed to happen we heard it over and over again your child isn’t supposed to go before you.’
School superintendent Triantafillos Parlapanides tried to deflect blame away from his department following the tragedy.
He told DailyMail.com, ‘Her father was having an affair 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 five occasions but the father refused every time.’
Amanda Ramirez, mother of Nevaeh Alvarez Ramirez a student who took part in a protest following Adrianna’s death told DailyMail.com as she mourned the loss of the ‘beautiful’ 14-year-old at Friday’s visitation
Adriana Kuch’s father, Michael, pictured with her stepmom, Sarah
On Friday, Michael Kuch said of Parlapanides, ‘What’s insensitive is him going on social media and defending his actions and attacking other people.
‘The administration needs to be completely shaken up and by shaken up I mean they need to be removed,’ he added.
Michael Kuch continued, ‘I don’t know why he’s been there that long I have no idea why that man still has a job.’
The teen’s dad went on to rail against the school’s management repeatedly calling them incompetent and saying that the school didn’t want to expel his daughter’s tormentors because they were worried about loss in revenue.
He said, ‘If my daughter is only worth $23,000 a head to them then because they would lose four students then what is anybody’s kid worth.’
In the aftermath of his daughter’s death, Michael said that he met with the superintendent and was told that his daughter was not assaulted with any weapons, this was contradicted by the video of the attack.
The grieving father said that he had to wait until the video was posted online to see the attack as the school management wouldn’t show it to him.
He added, ‘I think the superintendent should be charged with obstruction of justice.’
The 14-year-old was said to be a nature lover who loved to go on walks with her brothers
Michael Kuch’s sister-in-law Sami Nye said in a speech at the visitation, ‘Adriana to the public, Age to her friends, sissy to her family we love you. The love and joy that you brought to our family will never be forgotten.
‘For those of you who did not know Adriana she was our spitfire. She was stubborn, funny and charismatic, and would light up any room she walked into.’
‘She loved exploring the woods, hanging out with friends and spending time with her brothers on summer break. She befriended the one’s that needed friends the most.’
‘Adriana also loved animals and loved trying new hobbies. Losing her has been the most painful thing imaginable we wish that she was still here and wish we could make new experiences with her.’
‘And cherish new memories. More laughs more moments and more smiles. And even for the debates and disagreements. As those would mean that she was still here.
She concluded by saying, ‘Instead we are left broken hearted and wondering what she would have achieved in life that she had a future with us.’
Nye then thanked those who have reached out and offered support to the family.
Adriana Kuch was described online as a ‘one-of-a-kind kid’ who was the ‘spitfire’ of her family
Amanda Ramirez, mother of Nevaeh Alvarez Ramirez a student who took part in a protest following Adrianna’s death told DailyMail.com as she mourned the loss of the ‘beautiful’ 14-year-old at Friday’s visitation said that she supports the students speaking out about bullying.
‘I 100 percent support her it’s just hard to watch these kids hurting they just want to be heard,’ she said.
She was appalled by the lack of sensitivity shown by the school saying there was ‘no moment of silence or assembly’ for the students or staff to process the horrific death.
‘It was just like swept under the rug they talk about how ‘oh if you’re fighting there will be consequences’ but a kid is gone because nobody did anything,’ she said.
‘The fact that she was beat up on school premises, she blacked out, that her parents weren’t called, that an ambulance wasn’t called… a kid blacked out that is a medical emergency.
‘Her hair was ripped out and on the floor like it’s just disgusting and I hurt because I have a lot of respect for teachers there, but hearing that some of them saying it ‘wasn’t a big deal’ that’s, uh, a lot it’s just mental health is so serious.’
New Jersey teenager Adriana Kuch, 14, has taken her own life after she was relentlessly bullied and just days after a video showing her being punched and kicked at school circulated online
Trisha Tucker, who had also been paying her respects at the visitation told DailyMail.com that her daughter had also been bullied at the school.
‘My daughter was being bullied from September/October and I’d been to the freshman principal numerous times told me that it was being handled, my daughter went from being an honor role student to dropping out of marching band to failing her classes and not even wanting to go to school,’ she said.
‘Now she’s cutting herself so yeah they don’t do a damn thing they don’t care about these kids they’re going to sweep it under the rug so they aren’t embarrassed.’
Kuch was just a freshman at Central Regional High School in Bayville, where her family moved seven years ago after repeatedly having to locate because her father was an Army Airborne soldier serving the country.
Kuch was just a freshman at Central Regional High School in Bayville, New Jersey
An obituary posted online says the 14-year-old ‘adored all animals, she helped children with special needs, she loved jogging with her brothers and was a true nature lover.
‘Adriana also enjoyed her walks in the woods, skateboarding, riding dune buggies and dirt bikes,’ it continues.
Her sister-in-law, Jennifer Ferro, also posted online that Adriana was a ‘one-of-a-kind kid.
‘Our family and her parents would describe her as a beautiful girl who was happy, funny, stubborn, strong, loved animals, could make friends easily [and] would draw all time time.
‘She loved going on runs with her older brother and our dogs when she came to visit us during the summer, and she always wanted to try out new hobbies… but would get tired of them fast.
‘She talked about how she wanted to be a tattoo artist when she turns 18, and although I didn’t take it seriously in the past, I really wish I could’ve seen what that future was like to know he still had a future,’ Ferro continued.
‘Sissy was our family’s spitfire, and although she had her moments (the good, bad and ugly) we loved her more than life itself and are heartbroken knowing she’s gone.’
A wake was set for Friday at the Mastapeter Memorial Home in Bayville where a private funeral will take place.
Adriana was predeceased by her mother, Brandy, and is survived by her father, Michael, and step-mother, Sarah, as well as eight siblings.