Four students have been charged in an attack in a New Jersey school hallway on a classmate who committed suicide days later, prosecutors said.
One was charged with aggravated assault, another with harassment, and two with conspiracy to aggravated assault, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Birchmer said in a statement Friday.
Their names have not been released. NBC News typically does not name minors charged with crimes. Even if you are prosecuted as an adult.
“Each juvenile and his or her guardian will be provided with a copy of the complaint and will be released pending a future court appearance,” Billhimer said.
The prosecutor’s announcement is the latest development in a case that gained national attention after video of the February 1 attack at Berkeley Township’s Central Regional High School was posted online.
Adriana Kuch, 14, was found dead in her Bayville home on February 3. Four of her students involved in the assault have been suspended, said Triantafillos Parlapanides, superintendent of the Central Area School District.
Adriana’s father, Michael Kuch, said: Facebook post and NBC New York While walking with her boyfriend in the hallway, several students attacked her daughter.
He wrote on Facebook that a video of the match was posted online and tagged freshman Adriana. He believes it was posted to “make fun of her online.”
Kuch expressed anger at the school’s handling of the case, telling NBC New York that police were not called even though Adriana was unconscious and had bruises on her body.
Parlapanides told NBC News on Friday that police were notified and “a teacher and a safety officer intervened in the fight.” He declined to provide details about the students involved or the fight.
“This is a tragedy and our thoughts and prayers go out to the bereaved family,” Parlapanides said in an email.
The Berkeley Township Police Department did not immediately return a request for comment.
Kuch told NBC New York that his daughter and one of the girls had relationship issues for “several years.”
“She was threatening my daughter online,” he said.
He told the news station that he believes bullying drove his daughter to suicide.
Students at the school held a rally for Adriana to protest the school’s lack of response.
“Adriana took her own life because no one at school could help, care for, or intervene,” sophomore Roman Valles told NBC New York. I want to teach people who are really into what they are doing and how it affects them.
If you or someone you know is in danger, call 988 and contact the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. You can also call the network formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 800-273-8255send HOME to 741741, or SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for additional resources.
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