Christian Adamek, 15, was named locally as the high school student in Harvest, Alabama, who hanged himself just days after being arrested for streaking at a football game, reports AL.com.
He hanged himself on October 2, before succumbing to his injuries on October 3, just two weeks short of his 16th birthday. Adamek found himself facing a whirlwind of disciplinary action which could of resulted in expulsion from school as well as criminal charges
Here’s what you need to know about this tragedy:
1. All of Adamek’s Trouble Stemmed From a Streaking Incident During a Football Game
On September 27, with his Sparkman High School ‘Senators’ team playing against rivals Grissom High School in the homecoming game, Christian Adamek stole all the local headlines by streaking across the field of play.
2. Adamek’s Sister Believes Her Brother Was Expelled From School
Sparkman High School’s Principal Michael Campbell did not see the funny side to Adamek’s actions. The laws in Alabama, state that indecent exposure is linked to the state’s sex offenders laws Adamek was privately disciplined by Sparkman High, with Adamek’s sister indicating her brother had been expelled. What was made public was that Sparkman High administrators made a recommendation that Adamek face a hearing in the Madison County court system.
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3. Adamek Was Named a ‘Legend’ by the Student Body
Sparkman's new slogan is gonna be "Welcome to Sparkman High School, Home of Christian Adamek"
— Ryan Reid (@its_Reid) September 28, 2013
A video of Adamek’s streaking quickly made it on to YouTube with his friends sharing and commenting throughout Twitter and Facebook. He was referred to as a “legend” on more than on occasion. One class mate wrote online “Sparkman’s new slogan is gonna be ‘Welcome to Sparkman High School, Home of Christian Adamek.’”
4. Adamek Was Found Hanging by His Mother on October 3
Adamek was found hanged by his mother, Angela Adamek, at their home on October 2, he died in a Huntsville, Alabama hospital of his injuries on October 3. He was a resident of Harvest, Alabama but was born in Tallahassee, Florida.
He’s survived by his parents, Angela and Daniel Adamek, his brother Nathanial Adamek, and sister Danielle Adamek.
A fund has been set up in memory of Adamek, The Adamek Memorial Fund.
— Julia Morrison (@_ailujm) October 4, 2013
5. Adamek’s Friends Struggled to Verbalize Their Sadness on Social Media
There was an outpouring of emotion for Adamek’s suicide on Twitter.
Why does someone have to die for our school to show that we care for each other… Show it in person and our school could be so different.
— Lauren Shull (@l_shull) October 4, 2013
Everybody spread the word! Do it for Christian. pic.twitter.com/Udhjkocdc8
— Ryan Reid (@its_Reid) October 4, 2013
Sparkman can't get through a year without losing someone out of our family… some things I will just never understand man…
— AC D'Antonio (@theACisonhigh) October 4, 2013
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Adamek family. No parent should ever have to bury their child. Rest in peace Christian.
— Tyler Hemphill (@Tyler_Hemphill7) October 4, 2013
6. Sparkman’s Principal, Who Wanted to Bring Criminal Charges Against Adamek, Has Only Been on the Job Since July 2013
Sparkman High School’s Principal Michael Campbell has only been in the job since July 1, 2013. He left Johnson High School in the Huntsville School System in Alabama to accept the job at Sparkman, reports AL.com.
Campbell previously worked in Virginia where he was principal of the largest high school in that state.
7. Campbell’s Began His Career in Education as a Football Coach
Campbell began his career in education in 1983 as a PE teacher, where among other things he coached football, according to the Centreville Patch, moving up through the bureaucratic ranks to become an athletic director. He eventually moved to Centreville, a new community in Alabama, to become a Subschool Principal at Centreville High School.
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8. Sparkman’s Wikipedia Page Has Been Vandalized as a Reaction to Adamek’s Death
The Sparkman High School Wikipedia page has been vandalized in reaction to the tragedy. A hyperlink related to Principal Michael Campbell links to the page for Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels.
9. A Local Station Scrubbed Their Coverage of Adamek’s Streaking
Local media have scrubbed much of their coverage of Adamek’s original infraction following the teen’s suicide. WHNT had reported that Adamek’s streaking was going to result in serious consequences. The station has tried to distance themselves from their reporting, which you can read here.
10. Sparkman High is One of the Largest High Schools in Alabama
Sparkman High School was established in 1958, it’s one of the largest high school’s in Northern Alabama with an enrollment of nearly 3,000. In 2001 and 2006 the school underwent renovations to deal with student overcrowding.