PUBLISHED: 10:40 EST, 10 October 2013 | UPDATED: 10:50 EST, 10 October 2013
A popular 15-year-old student has committed suicide after he reportedly faced expulsion and being placed on the sex offenders’ register simply for streaking at a high school football game.
Christian Adamek, from Huntsville, Alabama, hanged himself on October 2, a week after he was arrested for running naked across the Sparkman High football field during a game.
The teenager died two days later from his injuries and on Wednesday, friends and family gathered at a memorial service as they struggled to comprehend the beloved student’s death.
A video of Adamek streaking during a game against a rival team was posted on YouTube hours after the event and students took to Twitter to call him a ‘legend’.
‘Sparkman’s new slogan is gonna be “Welcome to Sparkman High School, Home of Christian Adamek”,’ one student wrote.
But school staff did not treat the situation so lightly.
Sparkman High Principal Michael Campbell told WHNT a day before the suicide attempt that the teen could face major repercussions because of his actions.
‘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.’
In Alabama, indecent exposure is linked to the state’s sex offender laws, meaning that he could have found himself on the sex offenders register due to the streaking.
Campbell added that that the incident was not just a prank and needed to be treated seriously.
Sparkman High administrators even recommended that Adamek face a hearing in the Madison County court system to determine if formal charges would be filed, WHNT reported.
Adamek had also been disciplined by the school district but the details had not been made public.
The day before the suicide attempt, the principal had confirmed that Adamek was not at school and the teenager’s sister suggested on Twitter that Adamek faced expulsion, AL.com reported.
Campbell declined to comment on Adamek’s death but the Madison County school district issued a statement saying it had ‘received word that a Sparkman High School student has passed away’.
‘Our prayers and thoughts are with the family during this time of bereavement,’ the statement read.
The messages on Twitter have now turned from congratulatory to somber.
‘Praying for the Adamek family. Christian was so funny and nice. He will be missed by so many,’ one girl wrote.
The family – Adamek leaves behind his mother, Angela, and a sister and a brother – shared photos and memories online of the fun-loving teen, who was pictured posing and grinning at the camera.
At Wednesday’s memorial service, his Boy Scout Troop master, David Silvernail, said Adamek was a popular teenager who always had a smile on his face.
‘There are two kinds of people in the world; ones that brighten the room when they walk in and those that don’t,’ he said.
‘He was one that brightened the room when he walked in. That’s what I’ll always remember about Christian.’
His mother, Angela, thanked her son’s friends and said they could learn from his life, AL.com reported.
‘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,’ she said.
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