Bayville, New Jersey – A father is demanding accountability from a school in Ocean County, New Jersey, after his 14-year-old daughter committed suicide the day after she hit girls in her class.
The assault, which took place in the school hallway, was posted online, followed by cyberbullying that the girl’s grieving father said caused him to kill his 14-year-old daughter, Adriana.
Mobile phone video was taken a week ago. Adriana passed away on Friday.
“They think it’s fun to attack people and take videos and post them,” Michael Couch, Adriana’s father, said. “Hitting her with a water bottle didn’t hurt Adriana, what hurt her was the embarrassment and humiliation, they just kept going after her.”
Coach did not sleep while trying to mourn his daughter and get her justice.
The freshman was hit in the face with a full 20-ounce water bottle three times. In the video, she was punched, kicked and her hair pulled, while her classmates laughed and recorded the attack at school.
Her father says it was senseless bullying. He says his daughter deserves none of this, and was tortured after the videos were posted, because she read mean comments.
“Adriana was the most beautiful young lady in the world, she loved animals,” said Couch.
According to her father, four girls were charged with third-degree felony after her death.
Eyewitness News has not obtained confirmation from the Ocean County District Attorney’s Office. “This was a tragedy,” the school principal said in a statement.
“My daughter is actually black and she doesn’t call an ambulance, they take her to the nurses’ office,” Koch said.
There have been protests outside the school by parents and students, saying this has happened before, and it must stop.
Koch maintains that there was no accountability or consequence for the four girls who pursued Adriana. He says that if he had been there, she might not have felt so terribly lonely.
If the incident was taken seriously, if the police and an ambulance were called, and if the girls were punished or expelled immediately, Koch said, he is convinced this would be very different.
“My daughter has never been in a fight, she’s 98 pounds, 5-foot-2, and she loves everyone,” Couch said.
If you are experiencing suicidal tendencies, substance abuse or other mental health crises, please call or text the new three-digit code to 988. You will reach a trained crisis counselor for free, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also go to 988lifeline.org.
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