A 15-year-old boy from Huntsville, Ala., committed suicide after his streaking prank at a high school football game led to threats of expulsion and criminal charges. However, a family friend and Reddit user claims that there’s more to the story.
Christian Adamek, a student at Sparkman High School, hanged himself on Oct. 2, one week after he went streaking across the school’s football field, the Daily Mail reports. The 15-year-old died two days later from the injuries he suffered during the suicide attempt.
Adamek’s streaking prank was a hit with Sparkman High School’s student body. A video of the incident reportedly surfaced on YouTube, and students referred to Adamek as a “legend” on Twitter, the Daily Mail reports. However, Sparkman administrators were furious about the situation.
In an interview with local television station WHNT, which has since been removed from the station's website, Sparkman principal Michael Campbell stated that the teenager would face legal action for the prank. “There’s the legal complications,” Campbell said. “Public lewdness and court consequences outside of school with the legal system, as well as the school consequences that the school system has set up.” Campbell was referring to Alabama’s indecent exposure laws, which could have resulted in Adamek being labeled as a sex offender, the Daily Mail reports.
On Oct. 1, one day before Adamek’s suicide attempt, Principal Campbell revealed that Adamek was not present at school, likely due to the undisclosed punishment levied against him. Later that day, Adamek’s sister wrote on Twitter that her brother faced expulsion from Sparkman High, AL.com reported.
So far, Campbell has refused to comment on Adamek’s suicide. However, Madison County School District released a statement that addressed the student’s death. “Our prayers and thoughts are with the family during this time of bereavement,” the statement reads.
While media outlets have suggested that Adamek’s suicide was directly caused by the school’s punishment and threats of labeling the teenager as a sex offender, a Reddit user who claims to have attended school with him provides a different account of the events that led to his death.
In his post, the Reddit user, who goes by the user name “Immature_Bubble,” claims that he “knew this boy personally” and has “known the [Adamek] family for several years.” He describes the actual streaking prank in some detail, revealing the manner in which Adamek carried out the stunt and his eventual arrest by police. Next, the Reddit user discusses his version of Adamek’s meeting with school administrators:
“At said meeting, though, one certain principal threw out a lot of scare tactics. She called him a terrorist, and a sex offender and everything else under the sun. After the meeting on monday, they were to reconvene on wednesday to further the discussion. He was never facing any sort of legal troubles at all, and I want to make that clear.”
“Immature_Bubble” goes on to say that a major fight between Adamek and his father, not the school’s alleged threats regarding legal action, led Adamek to hang himself.
“After the meeting, he and his dad had a big fight. After which his dad went outside for 20 minutes to cool down and collect his thoughts. He left his son asleep on the couch, and when he came back, he wasn't there. He finally found him hanging in the garage. He called the ambulance as soon as he saw it. He had been hanging for awhile at this point.”
The Reddit user adds that doctors were able to restore Adamek’s breathing, but brain scans revealed that “there was no activity.” At that point, Adamek’s parents decided to take him off the respirator.
“Immature_Bubble” also claims that, despite the media’s portrayal of Principal Campbell as “some demon,” the man is not at fault for the 15-year-old’s suicide. “This is first year at the school and he couldn't be doing a better job. He is just taking the front of all this. He genuinely cares about his students and is worried for the family. He and I have personally talked about this together, with him showing great remorse and concern over the loss.”
IBTimes reached out to "Immature_Bubble" for a comment on this story, and we'll update as more information becomes available.
Tom Barrabi is a reporter for the International Business Times. He graduated from Fairfield University in 2011, and has also written for Men's Fitness, Complex, GuySpeed, and...