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Christian Adamek, Teen Streaker Shamed Into Suicide: Top 10 Facts You Need to Know

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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

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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

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

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Christian Adamek with his mother Angie as a child. (Facebook)

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.


5. Adamek’s Friends Struggled to Verbalize Their Sadness on Social Media

There was an outpouring of emotion for Adamek’s suicide on Twitter.



6. Sparkman’s Principal, Who Wanted to Bring Criminal Charges Against Adamek, Has Only Been on the Job Since July 2013

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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

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(Madison County)

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

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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

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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.

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11 comments

  1. Facts numbers 6 and 7 are inaccurate. Campbell was recruited in winter 2012 to head Johnson High School by the Huntsville City School system. He lasted one year there [2012-2013] before in the spring of 2013 accepting the job at Sparkman, where he started in August 2013. He did teach PE before becoming an administrator, and as PE teacher coached football, basketball, and baseball, but he wasn’t some stand-out coach. http://blog.al.com/breaking/2013/04/johnson_high_principal_leaving.html

  2. This horrific tragedy was made so much worse by the fact that it was wholly avoidable. Those who sought to criminalize a relatively harmless prank, and especially, the ill-advised and entirely premature appearance of Principal Campbell on WHNT, drove this young man to take his life. One can only hope that everyone involved in this will learn to deal with children in a far wiser  and more compassionate manner.

  3. LynnFaulkner I so agree, Lynn. I just hope the people of that community take action. I do not believe he should be the principal of that school or any for that matter. Just my opinion and you know what they say about opinions:)

  4. May Christian rest in peace. However, I do not blame the principal what so ever.  This was not merely a prank.  The young man undressed himself in front of hundreds of people.  He was also featured in on youtube videos.  What on earth possessed him to do that?  This was attention seeking behavior in the extreme.  He must have had problems and the fact that he committed suicide over this just goes to prove it.  Maybe if the parents and other adults whom he had dealt with on a daily basis would have stopped making excuses for his immature and irresponsible behavior he might have had a chance to realized that foolish offensive actions have consequences and start to grow up..  I am sure that no judge would have put him on the sexual offender registry but certainly suspension or expulsion was called for and a wake-up call with the criminal justice system could have been beneficial.  Granted the young man was 15, but did all he think about was his own situation of being in trouble.  Why did he not consider the pain that he is inflicting on his family?  The problem with this society is that we are pushing kids early into sexuality but at the same time we prevent them from maturing emotionally and from slowly assuming adult responsibility.  We bring our children up to stay in a state of perpetual adolescence.  That is why the divorce rate is astronomical and so many adults have nothing better to do than get drunk or high.  Why in the world are people blaming the principal for the young man’s bad choices?

  5. SameOldStuff *gasp* he undressed himself in front of people?!?!?!?! Oh, the horror! The inhumanity! A clothless body!!! Let’s ruin his life to the point where suicide is his best option! That will show people from EVER having the audacity to take their clothes off. What was he thinking taking is close off, anyway? Was he trying to create another Holocaust with this action?
    “The problem with this society”
    No, the problem with this society is compassionless thugs like you who want to invade other people’s personal lives.

  6. zbiwest Do not sign this petition.  You don’t penalize a principal for doing the job he was hired to do.  You punish the stupid kid the who broke the indecency laws of the state.  Stop blaming other people and let the kid take the responsibility for his own actions.
    And no, I not some heartless AH that doesn’t think that the suicide of a child is tragic.  It is.  But since we live in a society, he and others need to learn to live in it.
    And GunsNRoses300 – it isn’t personal when it is in public.  If you want to run around naked in your “personal” space, have at it.  But when in public keep it in your pants!

  7. A suspension may have been in order. Even a fine or good talking to from his parents. BUT THE SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY? To make this poor young man unhirable for the rest of his life? This is discipline and power run amuck without wisdom. YES, I DO blame the principal for this — as far as I am concerned, he is indirectly responsible for causing this young boy’s death. OrdinaryGuy zbiwest

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