Teens do stupid things. I did them, and you most likely did as well. It’s part of being a teen after all. It’s also why we don’t treat teens as full adults. One thing teens are known for are pranks. It’s the stuff that makes the best teen movies, after all.
Unfortunately, an administrator’s heavy handed comments may have taken a harmless prank and turned it into a cautionary tale:
An Alabama high school student killed himself after he was threatened with severe legal consequences — including registration as a sex offender — because he went streaking at a football game.
The student, 15-year-old Christian Adamek, died from wounds he sustained while attempting to hang himself, according to The Daily Mail.
Adamek ran naked across the field at a September 27th football game between his school, Sparkman High School, and Grissom High School. The incident was recorded and put on Youtube, and many students remarked that the prank had made Adamek — already a popular student, according to reports — a “legend.”
School administrators were less thrilled. In a local news segment focused entirely on the legal ramifications of the incident, Principal Mike Campbell said that Adamek could face serious school and criminal consequences.
“Legal complications, public lewdness, and court consequences outside with the legal system, school issues, which are a consequence of what the school system has set up,” said Campbell, in the local news interview.