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There was more fallout over the weekend in Bayville stemming from the alleged bullying and suicide of 14-year-old Adriana Kuch.

News 12 Staff

Feb 13, 2023, 11:12 AM

Updated 526 days ago

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Michael Kuch, the father of a 14-year-old girl who died by suicide, plans to take legal action against Central Regional School District in Bayville.
The school districts’ superintendent Dr. Triantafillos Parlapanides resigned Saturday amid criticism of his handling of the violence and subsequent suicide of Adriana Kuch.
This came after parents, students and Michael Kuch were critical of the school's response to the videotaped beating of the teen on Feb. 1. Kuch’s daughter committed suicide just a few days later after the video was posted to social media.
Critics say the school failed to notify police in a timely fashion. In media interviews, Dr. Parlapanides suggested other factors contributed to Adriana Kuch’s suicide, including drug use, which her father denies. There was also criticism of the district’s handling of student protests of the administration’s response.
The school district posted on its website that they accepted the resignation of Dr. Parlapanides, posting on its website:
“The Central Regional School District Board of Education has accepted the resignation of Dr. Triantafilos Parlapanides. The Central Regional family continues to mourn the loss of one of our children. We are all praying for the family and loved ones and our entire community.”
It goes on to say that the district is “is evaluating all current and past allegations of bullying,” and it will “undergo an independent assessment of the district’s anti-bullying policies and ensure every necessary safeguard is in place to protect our students and staff.”
In the aftermath of his daughter’s death, Kuch says dozens of families have approached him saying they've endured similar experiences with a lack of anti-bullying enforcement and policy issues within the Central Regional School District.
Rachael O’Dea says her daughter Olivia was also bullied, stalked and then attacked in the hallway last January. She says the superintendent’s resignation is a step in the right direction but that more needs to be done.
“My daughter was brave enough to stand up against the grain and report it, but then she wasn’t heard by the people who were supposed to protect her,” O’Dea said.
O’Dea started a petition to stop the violence at Central Regional High School, where her lawyer says there was a culture of violence even prior to his client’s attack.
The four students accused of beating Adriana Kuch are on indefinite suspension and are facing criminal charges.






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