On the 8th I posted an article on this tragic case where an
15 year old who streaked across his high schools football field committed
suicide after being threatened by the principal with criminal charges and a lifetime stigma as a
sex offender. Alabama
Today I found this Op/Ed and I just had to post it.
Op-Ed: Florida Governor's candidate speaks on bullying in Adamek suicide, October 11, 2013
By Justin King http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/360074
Adamek, 15, wasn’t a troubled youth with a massive criminal record. In fact, he was literally a Boy Scout. He played football and baseball. His mother, Angela Adamek, spoke to Christian’s friends at his memorial service on Wednesday.
“Remember to smile, don’t be afraid to do something goofy and remember the consequences of those actions, ask for help when you need it, ask for help if you think your friends need it if you don’t know what to do, be quirky, be happy, be smart,”
Adrian Wyllie, Libertarian candidate for Governor of Florida, spoke out about the “bullies” in this suicide today via his Facebook page.
Bullying can have very tragic consequences.
But, the "bullies" are not always fellow students. Often, they are the mindless bureaucrats in our government and schools.
Christian Adamek, 15, is dead as a result of government bullying.
Christian "streaked" naked across the field during a high school football game at
Sparkman High School
Most of us would view this as a funny, mildly offensive prank. We would
probably stifle a laugh and feign disapproval for the benefit of the students
in the stands. Alabama
What is the appropriate punishment in this case? Parents grounding him? Yes. A few days suspension from school? Sure.
Sadly, local authorities took a very different approach. Christian was arrested, jailed, and threatened with expulsion from school. They further threatened to charge him with a sex crime, and register him as a sex offender.
In short, authorities wanted to guarantee his life would never be the same. Rather than face these unnecessarily cruel and unusual punishments, Christian committed suicide.