Adriana Kuch’s family files lawsuit against NJ school a year after suicide

The family of a 14-year-old girl who was driven to suicide last year due to intense bullying at her New Jersey high school claims in a new lawsuit Monday that school district officials have done nothing to stop the “culture of violence” that led to the girl’s tragedy. He claimed that there was no such thing. death.

Central Regional School District officials failed to protect freshman Adriana Cucci from an assault, then failed again when footage of the assault was posted online before her tragic suicide, said her father, Michael.・This is claimed in the lawsuit filed by Kutch.

After her death, former school superintendent Triantafilos Parlapanides slandered the girl’s mourning father, accusing him of having an affair with Cucci’s mother while married, according to a lawsuit filed in state court. That’s what it means.

Cucci was brutally assaulted by a group of teenage girls in the school hallway on February 1st. Footage of the incident was then shared on social media, sparking an avalanche of hateful comments shaming the teenager.

She took her own life in her bedroom two days later.

Adriana Cucci died by suicide last year after being brutally bullied and assaulted shortly before her death. Facebook/Jennifer Ferro

“Prior to February 1, 2023, Defendants knew or knew that incidents of harassment, intimidation, and bullying within the Central Regional School District were creating a culture of violence at Central Regional High School,” the complaint states. I should have kept it.” Multiple school officials were nominated.

Police were not initially called about the violence because Mr. Parlapanides did not want the offending students to be in legal trouble due to possible school regulations, the complaint said.

The incident later resulted in criminal charges.

“Adrianna was the light of our lives, and one year after her horrific and unnecessary death, we are still waiting for justice,” Michael Cucci said in a statement.

“It is clear that this school has a serious bullying problem that no school administrator wants to acknowledge or address.

“But what was more troubling and hurtful were the incredibly rude and insensitive comments we received from Superintendent Parlapanides when our family was at its worst. When our daughter had just passed away. , I don’t understand how someone could make such a false and careless statement.”

The beatdown was captured on video. WABC

Parlapanides, the defendant in the case, is said to have made various public statements about Cucci and her family that were “cruel” and “completely false.”

He claimed to a reporter that Cucci’s “mother committed suicide because Adriana was having an affair with her father.” [sic] I was in 6th grade. A year later, he married the woman with whom he had an affair and moved her into her home,” her complaint states.

Parlapanides said the girl then made bad choices and started using drugs, and the school told her father she needed help, but he refused.

The family is suing multiple school officials. Facebook / Michael Cucci

But the complaint says Parlapanides’ claims about the incident and how the family refused to help Cucci when the school offered help are false. The lawsuit also alleges that her statements about the girl’s possible drug use and mental health issues unlawfully invaded her privacy.

Family lawyer William Kreis called the former school principal’s comments “outrageous”, “insensitive” and fabricated. Parlapanides resigned days after Cucci’s death.

“Mr. Cucci is eager for justice for his daughter,” Kreis said. “He’s eager to start this case.”

The lawsuit does not specify damages.

school leaders told Business Insider The school district cannot comment because it has not yet received the complaint, but it will be limited in what it can say going forward.

School authorities had previously denied a culture of bullying, but last year announced a series of policy reviews on the issue.

Cell phone use by students is currently severely restricted for middle school and high school students.

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