Zero Tolerance: 15 Year Old Alabama Boy Streaks Across Football Field, School’s Principal Tells News Station There Will Be Legal Consequences and Out of Fear of Being Labeled a Sex Offender the Teen Committed Suicide
This tragic case needs to be read by everyone.
This is what zero tolerance is about, no matter the specifics of
the situation there can be no exception.
This is what sexual legislation passed without debate,
discussion and opposition has created.
Intent is no longer needed to claim a crime has been committed.
This is what the Sex Offender Registries have become bloated
lists of anybody and everybody.
But according to the lawmakers and the U.S. Supreme Court, it’s
not punitive it’s only administrative.
Something that’s administrative doesn’t lead a 15 year old to
The death of Christian Adamek and
zero tolerance insanity
Adamek, 15, hanged himself after getting in trouble for doing something that
wasn't evil, wasn't a threat to anyone's safety, and wasn't a big deal to any
rational person. Christian landed himself in big trouble for streaking across
the field during a football game at his high school.
Christian's death, the school's principal said the teen's stunt could warrant
legal charges atop school discipline. "There's the legal
complications," the principal told a news station. "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."
death is tragic. Was it prompted by the prospect of an overblown reaction to
his schoolboy prank? We don't know for sure.Regardless, Christian deserved detention, not to have his name slapped
on a sex offender registry along with rapists. If Christian took his life over
the prospect of having his life destroyed by vindictive adults who think
streaking is on a continuum with rape, then we've all got blood on our hands.
zeal to protect women and children from predatory men, we've enacted a
multitude of laws that, among many other things, put high school streakers,
guys who pee in the alley after imbibing a little too much, and guys who have
sex with their slightly younger girlfriends, onto sex offender registers. The
majority of states now register streakers, an indication of why the number of
registered sex offenders in America
has exploded. If they were all crammed into a single state, it would be more
populous than Wyoming, Vermont
or North Dakota.
It's a cottage industry, with lobbies and powerful interests behind it, and it
won't let up any time soon because not enough people give a damn about the
Christian Adameks of the world.
tolerance policies excuse people from doing something we are loathe to ask
people to do any more: think for themselves -- to use their discretion, to
exercise common sense, to employ mercy, and to look at things with balance.
It's a lot easier to hide behind a zero tolerance policy so we don't get in
trouble for exercising our discretion contrary to the common consensus. The
problem is, zero tolerance polices are written for a black and white world, and
the world is mostly gray. Sometimes the result of zero tolerance policies is
We are beyond saddened by Christian's tragic
death. The world has gone mad.