Four New Jersey high school students have been charged in the vicious beatdown of a 14-year-old classmate who died by suicide.
The news arrives several days after Adriana Kuch, 14, was found dead in her Bayville home on Feb. 3, less than 48 hours after video of Kuch getting brutally attacked in the hallway of Central Regional High School was posted on social media.
NBC News reports one juvenile is charged with aggravated assault, two other juveniles are charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated assault and one juvenile is charged with harassment.
The four teens, who have not been identified as they are minors, and their guardians were given a copy of the criminal complaint against them. The students were then released pending future court appearances, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer confirmed.
Shortly after the charges were handed down, the Central Regional School District announced Saturday that Superintendent Triantafillos Parlapanides had resigned.
“The Central Regional School District board of Education has accepted the resignation of Dr. Triantafillos Parlapanides, and is evaluating all current and past allegations of bullying,” the district wrote in a statement on its website.
“The Central Regional family continues to mourn the loss of one of our children,” the statement continued. “The District has contacted the Department of Education and 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.”