Four students have been charged with carrying out a vicious attack in the halls of their New Jersey school on classmate Adriana Kuch, who died by suicide days after video of the brutal beatdown circulated online.
One student was charged with aggravated assault, another with harassment and two others with conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer told NBC News Friday. Their names have not been released.
“Each juvenile and their guardian was served with a copy of their complaint and are released pending future court appearances,” Billhimer said.
The charges were announced exactly one week after 14-year-old Adriana Kuch was found dead in her Bayville home on Feb. 3.
Just days earlier, the teen was attacked as she walked with her boyfriend through Central Regional High School in the Bayville section of Berkeley Township, her father, Michael Kuch, said. Video shared on social media shows a group of students walloping Adriana with punches and kicks as she falls to the ground.
Cheering and laughter can also be heard coming from behind the camera as the attack unfolds.
“They just kept at it, after they jumped her,” Kuch told CBS News. “They would keep sending her videos. Then they would get screenshots of the videos because the videos kept getting taken down and then they would write nasty comments on it.”
The grieving father believes his daughter’s suicide was fueled by the bullying. He has also taken aim at the school for how they handled the violent incident. He said police were never called despite the bruises left on his daughter’s body.
Central Regional School District Superintendent Triantafillos Parlapanides told NBC News on Friday police were notified and “teachers and safety officers intervened” in the fight. He declined to provide further details.