Teenager Commits Suicide After Being Told He May Be Criminally Charged For Streaking At Football Game

article-2452030-18A823E600000578-711_634x726There is a horrific story out of Alabama where Christian Adamek, 15, committed suicide. Unfortunately, teen suicides are not uncommon but this suicide occurred after Adamek was arrested for running naked across the Sparkman High School football field and was told that he faced expulsion and be registered as a sexual offender. That is clearly too much for a 15-year-old kid, particularly after a common prank like streaking.

The day before Christian’s suicide, Sparkman High Principal Michael Campbell spoke to the media to emphasize that Christian would be handled as a criminal suspect: “There’s the legal complications. 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. In addition to Campbell’s public statements, Sparkman High administrators reportedly recommended that Christian face a hearing in the Madison County court system for possible formal charges. In addition, they moved to discipline him. In this interview, the principal says that the situation is far more serious than “they” realize and says that it is not simply a matter of a prank. The media coverage pushed the story that the teen would be going into the juvenile criminal justice system and could be labeled a sex offender.

13542282-largeIt is hard to judge from the stories what emotional issues Christian may have been facing. However, the threats of criminal charges, and a sex offender listing, are ridiculous for a high school prank. We have seen a trend (here and here and here and here) of school officials criminalizing a wide range of conduct that was once treated matters for a sit down with parents and nothing more. It also reflects the seemingly exponential expansion of sex offender lists, which are increasingly put teenagers on a listing with lifelong burdens and stigma.

Once again, we do not know all of the influences on this tragic suicide. However, I fail to understand why such matters are immediately viewed as criminal matters for the principal and school officials.

Christian leaves behind his mother, Angela, and a sister and a brother.

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Source: Daily Mail

80 thoughts on “Teenager Commits Suicide After Being Told He May Be Criminally Charged For Streaking At Football Game

  1. We went to a Mets-Phillies opener @ Veteran’s Stadium back in the 70’s, when streaking was @ its peak. A drunk guy from our bus streaked. We all had to pony up money for the idiots bail. So, streaking has always been illegal. The sex offender aspect is total horseshit.

  2. This is a disorderly conduct, handled in juvenile court, and done. The horseshit sex offender rap may have put this kid over the edge, but as most folks know, seldom is one incident the sole cause of suicide.

  3. Seriously, WTF were you clowns in the school administration thinking? Streaking a sex crime? You people have lost all critical perspective and are not fit to be involved in education.

    Your idiocy contributed to a teen’s suicide – only the degree is to be determined.

    A pox upon all your houses.

    This is what happens when you apply moralizing to a problem rather than ethics and reason.

  4. A naked stranger chased me one night for at least a block and really scared me so I think that streaking should be illegal. But I agree that the sex offender laws are overly broad. I heard about a family being warned about their neighbor being a sex offender and it turned out that all he did was have consensual sex with a woman a few years younger, and even that was years earlier.

    My dad was 5 years older than my mom and they started dating when she was under 18 so maybe he would have been classified as a sex offender under today’s laws.

    Now the public can know the names and addresses of all men who had sex with a 17 year old when they were 21. For the rest of their lives these men are marked as game for sadists and can be embarassed and extorted at work or in any competitive situation.

    I heard that in California it is super easy to get a restraining order but they expire after a year with no stigma. Maybe there could be something similar for adults that show sexual interest in young neighbors — their guardians could ask for a court order that the neighbor stay away from their teen.

    There could be a proactive program for adults who have contact with teens through their jobs and regular volunteer activities. They could have on-line programs that emphasize which sexual activities are illegal and why. The caretaker adults could take a two hour on-line program once a year and certify under penalty of perjury that they didn’t have any prohibited sex in the past year. Then they wouldn’t have to confess to what they did 20 years ago. You could ask the caretakers to certify that they weren’t alone with teens (except in their public office during work hours). Then if there was evidence that they were alone they could be prosecuted for perjury alone, it wouldn’t be necessary to prove sexual acts. If you made the penalty for a caretaker being alone with a teen in a prohibited situation low, like a $500 fine, then it will reduce the barriers to reporting and confessing but at the same time a $500 fine is enough for most to avoid being alone with a teen when it is prohibited. A teacher could be allowed and encouraged to legally meet with students in their windowed offices but prohibited from meeting students in the boiler room or off site.

  5. It would seem once the Baby Boomers got streaking out of their systems they now want to make it a felony for today’s youth. I guess they forgot they were “free spirits.”

  6. Ever notice how the word “principle” has another spelling? If it is a matter of principle it gets he “le” at the end. If we connote the head of a school then it gets “pal” at the end. A head of a school is never you’re “Pal”. Maybe like paypal where you pay for whatever you do or say and the schmuck principal is out for self, self and ownself. All principals are self centered schmucks who could not teach. Remember the adage: Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach. Those who can’t teach, teach teachers.

    The Principal of this school needs to be put on a sex offender list. He should also be put on the “short list”. He should not walk on sidewalks too close to the street and he should keep his self away from uncurtained windows at night. Some relative of the dead kid just might get some revenge.

    This is why we need gangs.

  7. @kay sieverding, I’d say that a naked man chasing you is a worse crime than “passive” streaking which is more for the prank value than anything else, I imagine.

    The sex offenders register is frankly far too harsh but the Principal should be held to account for his part in pushing this towards a criminal action and for publicly naming and shaming the young man.

  8. I agree with Professor Turley about the trend to criminalize normal childhood acting out and pranks. There needs to be a point where common sense and keeping pranks from getting out of hand intersect.

    I am sure school officials will take a self-righteous stance so their collective consciences will be clear. However, I am thinking the suicide was a foreseeable event and should have both civil and criminal consequences. I say “foreseeable” because the school administration is made up of professionals with advanced degrees. As part of their education as school administrators and guidance counselors, they would have had to take courses in psychology, including child psychology. That sets them apart from laypersons without specialized knowledge.

  9. http://signup.kidslivesafe.com/lp7/d16tb.cshtml?c=31&scn=nbxd&sca=11&scs=1395&zip=&email=&vid=7de6e382343645e3b6b452408da3bb84

    people are making money from harassing registered sex offenders.

    I don’t even have minor children but I just got a spam email called
    “notification of pediophile activity for your area”.

    @Dean. Yes you are right that chasing while nude is worse than just streaking, but acceptance of public nudity could give someone a defense to chasing while nude or reduce reporting. The chasing while nude started on Memorial Drive in Cambridge MA so it should have been visible to drivers. Of course, it was before cell phones.

  10. Of course OS is right. I have to wonder if there were other factors/issues with which Christian was struggling. Schools should be aware of this. I remember when I went to school in the late 50’s and thru the 60’s there seemed to be nothing in place for kids with issues/home problem etc but that is not (or should not) be the case nowadays since schools have (or again should have) a higher awareness and ability to help those students in trouble. (And help appropriately,not with threatening actions that will carry through their entire lives, such as registering, and how is this a sex crime anyway? He didn’t threaten anyone or force someone to do something with him, or show himself in a way that was menat to be sexual. Maybe the principal could be indicted for assisting a suicide.

  11. Disturbing use of authority. A criminal charge for teen dumbness? No one was physically harmed and there will be no emotional scars. Banksters rob the country blind and pay a small fine courtesy of the shareholder. Political hacks break insider trading rules and reap financial rewards. NSA head commits perjury and is considered a rock star by the Congress he lied to. GWB lies about WMDs and sends thousands to their death. This kid runs naked across a field and is treated more harshly than any of those real criminals mentioned above. Two-tiered justice; one for the minions and one for those who have millions$$.

  12. What OS said. Very sad case indeed.
    leejcaroll,
    I am not sure the great state of Alabama is up with all of those modern inventions like child psychology!

  13. Can anyone prove to me by providing scientific evidence that the act of streaking is detrimental to society. If not, and I don’t think one can provide such evidence, than it is an individual right that should be protected by the Constitution. A question of similar importance, would be, when is a right protected and what criteria do we use to determine when a right is to be protected and when we should acquiesce our rights for the public good. Leaving it up to the judiciary has proven to be a poor remedy and methodology, for determining this all important question so perhaps sadly we need guidelines to be set to guide our judiciaries decisions. 1.) He shouldn’t have been arrested. 2.) He shouldn’t have been kicked out of school. 3.) I wonder how many women are on the Sex Offenders List? 4.) How many religious people support this kind of fascist behavior by our public Authorities? Many religious zealots believe that since we have lost the Christian God in the schools and courts, our society is doomed when our society is doomed because of the lack of protections of individual rights.

    I know I have more questions than answers.

  14. If you threaten someone and the next day they show up dead you can bet your _ss that you will be at minimum detained and questioned. Why are these so called “authorities” not held to the same standard. They threatened a young man and then he went and killed himself…are they not at least somewhat responsible here?

  15. Tragic in the extreme but not at all surprising these days. A perfect example of instilling fear as a control method. The principal wanted to send a “message” to all the other students and parents. He’s succeeded. His open message, “I will not tolerate ‘acting out’!”. He wants submissive students and parents. He wants “respect”. I won’t be at all surprised to soon read a). He and the school district feel wholly justified in the actions taken to discipline this student. b). They [or some agency closely tied to the District] puts out some spin that the student was some sort of “latent pervert”, to further justify the pricipals’ actions.

  16. Lots of college streaking going on today particularly in the northeast. I have witnessed it a two schools. It is done mainly by teams like rugby teams. What happened to this young man is so sad and so unnecessary. Apparently the principal has no understanding of much of anything related to running a high school. Alabama…..

  17. “This is what happens when you apply moralizing to a problem rather than ethics and reason.” (Gene)

    Bingo

    From different reports I’ve read, the boy was becoming a legend within his peer group who viewed the incident as an awesome prank. I wonder if that was the “far more serious” angle the Principal was pushing in his obvious grandstanding interviews.

    It took two days for the boy to die from the injuries sustained during his attempted suicide.

    Can’t find any grandstanding interviews from the Principal after the boy’s death so I guess we’ll never know what he meant when he told the media ’This situation was totally different, something not related to that at all.’

    I call the Principal’s actions grandstanding because he had no reason what-so-ever to give such an interview to the media. I strongly suspect he was trying to bring his own public pressure on the DA’s office and that’s where Gene’s observation regarding moralizing comes into play.

  18. Nick, Teenage angst is powerful. Teen years are the transition to adulthood. I seem to have extended my transition (in many ways) well beyond this ten year window.
    Recently I made this comment in response to you.

    Every once in a while the door doesn’t latch, and the inner Geek runs out into the wilderness. :o ) As I age and walk on firmer ground (though somewhat more infirmly) he often returns smiling and proud…. and a little healthier for the exercise.

    I am now old enough, mature enough, balanced enough to do goofy things at times, and or wondrous misunderstood things, or just plain be stupid, and (occasionally) even enlightened.
    I have learned to handle my angst, and I have learned it has to be dealt with.
    ….. I don’t think there is enough money in the world to make me choose to revisit and relive the angst filled part of my teenage years.

  19. “G-d d–mn authoritairian b-st-rds.

    The real shame, of course, is that the true expletive is “authoritarian.””

    Oro Lee,

    I couldn’t agree more. The abomination is the moral prigs who think that human nudity is an abomination.

  20. We shouldn’t encourage streaking because it will be scary for some onlookers and doesn’t have substantial First Amendment value to compensate.

    I don’t think that “human nudity is an abomination” but in my life I have been uncomfortable with it several times. One time I was with my 5 year old and we inadvertently ended up on a nude beach (Marin County). It wasn’t that big of a deal but I wouldn’t have gone there with our kid if I had known. My husband was with me and I really think that if there had been signs in the parking lot we would have noticed them.

    I can think of at least three different times when I was made aware of a flasher and every time I was scared.

    If I was a college student and men on campus were walking outside naked, I would switch schools. I don’t think that makes me a prude.

  21. I think it should also be noted that there was a police presence at the game and if the boy was arrested then a hearing to determine formal charges would follow … so why would the school administrators “recommend” a hearing?

    The boy’s sister told friends he was facing expulsion … not suspension … expulsion. But streaking isn’t listed as an offense in the Madison County Schools Code of Conduct. So a charge other than streaking would have to be used to justify the expulsion and that’s might be from whence, in my opinion. the grandstanding by the Principal stemmed.

    If the Principal had been successful in getting the DA’s office to charge the boy with indecent exposure, that is tied to Alabama’s sex offender laws which would stick with him into adulthood. And, if he were convicted and sentenced, well, we all have heard what happens to sex offenders while incarcerated … I’m sure the boy had heard too.

    If the DA charged the boy with indecent exposure, then the Principal could easily move forward with the expulsion and get rid of the budding legend.

    I have no idea if there are criminal or civil charges that can be brought against the Principal or school administration but I sure hope someone is looking into the possibilities.

  22. Interestingly enough, the mainstream media has suddenly shut up about all this. WHNT19 News are taken down the link to their reporting and the Principal and school administrators are no longer giving interviews.

  23. david, Please understand, I am saying teenage angst is powerful and complicated. I have a son who’s teenage years were angst ridden, thankfully w/ no suicidal thoughts. I’m merely saying I doubt this was the sole cause, that’s all.

  24. There has to be more to the story: committing suicide just because of being legally punished (he didn’t receive life in prison or the death penalty)? Did the boy suffer from a mental disability? His parents can hire an attorney and probably obtain a plea deal that doesn’t require the boy to be registered as a sex offender? Did his parents know this? If so, then was this info relayed to their child? How soon did he committ suicide, immediately after receiving his punishment, before receiving his punishment, or was it part of his mental breakdown (with the streaking)?

  25. “Oro Lee,

    I couldn’t agree more. The abomination is the moral prigs who think that human nudity is an abomination.” (Mike S)

    There are rumors that the kid was wearing some sort of covering … boxer shorts and/or a sock on his penis which might be why he wasn’t arrested on the spot.

  26. I live about two miles from this high school and in fact it’s on my walking route. (Fully clothed, always, although pedestrian travel seems to be viewed with great suspicion by the Madison Country Sheriffs, given the number of slow rolls and brake-stabbings I’ve witnessed over the years.)

    In my opinion, the official policy toward streaking should be disapproval and (as others have suggested) a meeting with parents for a good talking-to, while the unofficial, de facto policy should be to ignore it if possible. An appropriate reaction by school staff lies somewhere between a rolling of eyes at minimum and a stern look at most.

    This makes me wonder if there’s anyone not on a municipal payroll who actually thinks this has anything to do with sex offenders. That is just insane.

    Just so you know what some of us down here are thinking. What a tragedy.

  27. RWL, i would think the stigma of being labelled a sex offender could be overwhelming to a fifteen year old. .. Think about not going to college and not being able to pass a backround check for employment of housing. Maybe his family could not afford legal counsel and he felt hopelessly trapped.

  28. RWL,

    Perhaps it was panic. When the emotion of fear/apprehension becomes so strong that it blocks out reason/logical thinking, a level of anxiety beyond endurance occurs.

  29. SwM,

    And then there is the fear of rape while incarcerated for being a sex offender. Oh yeah, a 15 year old boy wouldn’t be concerned about that at all.

  30. Blouise and Swarthmoremom,
    I have to go to Houston for my Son’s wedding next month so I will be venturing into dangerous territory!! :)

  31. rafflaw, Some areas of Houston are okay. Stay out of the suburbs( loaded with megachurches and tea partyers).

  32. raff,

    NO STREAKING! It would be most unseemly!

    However, should you be kidnapped by Tea Partiers and held as a bargaining chip against funding for the ACA … SwM and I will mount a rescue effort. Be prepared to duck and cover when we come.

    Seriously, enjoy the festivities and may your son and daughter-in-law enjoy “A house full of sunshine, Hearts full of cheer, Love that grows deeper each day of the year.”

  33. Some dated news from 9/27/13 concerning Montgomery, Alabama, (why does this town sound so familiar)?

    From The Atlantic (excerpt):

    “Irvin [a popular Christian radio preacher] was speaking at the graduation ceremony for Operation Good Shepherd, a publicly funded Christian outreach ministry started by the Montgomery Police Department that puts Christian pastors on crime scenes to counsel and pray with victims and witnesses.”

    Full article here:

    http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/09/using-christianity-to-fight-crime/280038/

  34. And, of course, the following article will contribute to my insomnia — especially after the shock of a teenager streaking:

    “The Air Force fired the general in charge of its nuclear missiles on Friday, just two days after a Navy admiral with top nuclear weapons responsibilities was sacked. Both men are caught up in investigations of alleged personal misconduct, adding to a cascade of turmoil inside the nation’s nuclear weapons force.”

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/apnewsbreak-gen-charge-icbms-fired-20543564

  35. You could argue selective prosecution. That’s a recognized tort against government officials including school administrators, I think. I think a lot of the states also have limitations on wrongful death liability claims that are pretty low unless someone is actually a big earner. Often too low to justify spending the money on a lawsuit, no one will take it on contingency and with actions against government officials acting in capacity sometimes punitive damages aren’t allowed.

    A cop complained to me about needing to enforce a 15 mph speed limit and said that the best situation is clear cut laws enforced always with penalties no greater than needed to deter the conduct. In this case, probably being suspended from the football team would have been enough. Of course, it’s possible that he streaked because he thought he would be cut from the team and that was the only way he thought he could quit while saving face.

    I still think that you should recognize that freshman in the same high school could be very intimidated by a display of sexual maturity. Even some of the juniors and seniors might be embarrassed. Plus most of the spectators would be high school kids, some of them on their first dates. If you just laugh off the nudity, what happens when the 14 year old girls get in cars with the 16 year old boys? — the conversation would probably be more sexual than what it was when I was dating at that age.

  36. The below link goes a little way towards explaining the apparent no tolerance policy set up in all schools from elementary to high school

    Dave Hodges: Health and Human Services (HHS) and Children Protective Services (CPS) Want to Take Control of Your Kids, Ceausescu-Style

    http://educate-yourself.org/cn/hhsCeausescustyle17aug13.shtml

    ” We are never invested as much in public education as we should have because we’ve always had a kind of private notion of children. Your kid is ‘yours’ and totally your responsibility We’ve never had a very collective notion that these are ‘our’ children. So part of it is we have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents or that kids belong to their familes, in recognizing that kids belong to whole communities. Once it’s EVERYBODY’S responsibility and not just the hoursefold, then we start makng better investments” … MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry…..

    i sure hope she doesnt have kids because she is much to willing to turn them over to strangers and allow them to do what THEY FEEL IS BEST for her kids

  37. raff, What SWN said. My sister lived in Houston back in the 70’s/80’s. There’s some great Mexican and BBQ. The people, in my experience were friendly. The only thing that blew my mind was the total lack of zoning laws. Congrats, to your fam.

  38. Tragic consequences. It reminds me of recent cyberbullying incidents, where the actions in social media create the humiliation that pushes a teen to end her life. In this case, the bully is the school principal.

    It use to be that matters like this were handled prudently, behind closed doors, with care not to embarrass the student. If the principal was this aggressive on public television, I imagine he scared the living hell out of this child in his office. The sister said he faced expulsion, and the principal’s desire to bring criminal charges, including a sex offender registry, is just plain ludicrous. Somebody needs to find out what the principal meant when he said that this was not merely a prank. He needs to explain that comment. IMO, the principal should be fired for his television interview and failed leadership on this issue. None of the students are safe with him being principal.

  39. Nick, angst ain’t it all, I was just pointing it out. All living and growing is a struggle. The tools we have in our environment differ. The cultures differ. Parental values and guidance differ. A successful and fulfilling life is a matter of surviving to achieve it. Some don’t by nature, some don’t by choice. Some don’t and some do. …And success ain’t money, it is balance. PS. I ain’t no capitalist. .. Okay I’m done, three ain’ts is my current limit.

  40. When I was in high school we got even with teachers and principals like this in various ways. The poop in the bag routine would get their attention and justice was served. So kids, listen up. Brown paper shopping bag. Fill it about a third of the way up or less with dog poop. Or human poop. Spray a small amt of lighter fluid on it. Nine p.m. while teacher is watching TV in his living room, place bag on his door step, light bag, ring bell, observe from safe distance as he comes out and stomps out the fire. Poop on his pants, on his porch and steps. Then there is his mailbox. Tie about six cherry bombs together and use a time fuse. Place in his mailbox on the wall by the front door, light and run. The medium is the message.

  41. the Exaggerated criminal charges od sex offender status is an Orwellian Pre-emptive strike against challenging authority.
    Seems government is going in for the KILL SHOT on those who won’t bow and fear ‘THE AUTHORITIES”

  42. Bad Idea. 2 felonies,
    Arson and deadly terrorist explosive weapon of mass destruction

    JakeMehoff 1, October 11, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    When I was in high school we got even with teachers and principals like this in various ways. The poop in the bag routine would get their attention and justice was served. So kids, listen up. Brown paper shopping bag. Fill it about a third of the way up or less with dog poop. Or human poop. Spray a small amt of lighter fluid on it. Nine p.m. while teacher is watching TV in his living room, place bag on his door step, light bag, ring bell, observe from safe distance as he comes out and stomps out the fire. Poop on his pants, on his porch and steps. Then there is his mailbox. Tie about six cherry bombs together and use a time fuse. Place in his mailbox on the wall by the front door, light and run. The medium is the message.

  43. david, Amen. I was taught by my old man this very basic principle. “Life is a series of adjustments. Those able to make those adjustments lead happy lives.” I have added to that. Those who embrace those adjustments lead happy and successful lives. And Amen again, success is not money. It is doing what you love. The hardest adjustment period is adolescence. And, you have few skills to cope, only having been alive 15 years or so. Finally, life is indeed unfair. It’s a crap shoot on the socioeconomic, family dynamic, genes inherited, etc. But, you play the hand you’re dealt. Keep grinding it out, David. Just keep moving forward. Life is beautiful.

  44. i thought the name sounded familiar, if memory serves my sister in law taught there.
    as an air force brat moving around for half of my school age days, the last half was spent in the confines of the montgomery co. al education system.

    robert e lee high school and their cross town rival jefferson davis high school. of course the black kids went to george washington carver high school.
    the hole place is like one big redneck stereotype.

    i’ve always said the best way to see montgomery is in your rearview mirror.

    on a side note there is an elementary school there that now goes by the name Head Elementary. at one time it was R L Head Elementary. i guess someone finally pointed out that they had a school named after dick head.

  45. kay sieverding : “I still think that you should recognize that freshman in the same high school could be very intimidated by a display of sexual maturity. Even some of the juniors and seniors might be embarrassed. Plus most of the spectators would be high school kids, some of them on their first dates. If you just laugh off the nudity, what happens when the 14 year old girls get in cars with the 16 year old boys? — the conversation would probably be more sexual than what it was when I was dating at that age.”

    OH DEAR GOD! I think you probably need to take your Prozac.

  46. Rightwingloon is obviously not smart enough to get it. Adamek’s suicide is very much like the suicide of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi. Humiliation and embarrassment can be emotionally catastrophic.

    From the sound of it, Campbell was deliberately trying to make this a public spectacle, not mete out punishment quietly with a suspension. Campbell deserves a long prison sentence, but like Dharun Ravi he’ll probably get a slap on the wrist despite being responsible for Adamek’s suicide.

  47. Three peeing outside convictions will get you a registry conviction as well….in some states….

    How about the law should be changed to for sexual gratification…. To categorically place these things in wha is a life long sentence…. Is cruel…. And maybe an 8th Amend issue….

  48. This is from the Code of Federal Regulations

    9-27.760

    Limitation on Identifying Uncharged Third-Parties Publicly

    In all public filings and proceedings, federal prosecutors should remain sensitive to the privacy and reputation interests of uncharged third-parties. In the context of public plea and sentencing proceedings, this means that, in the absence of some significant justification, it is not appropriate to identify (either by name or unnecessarily-specific description), or cause a defendant to identify, a third-party wrongdoer unless that party has been officially charged with the misconduct at issue.

    Since the student wasn’t charged with a crime, the principle could have given a speech without saying the students name. The article said that the student was only a “criminal suspect”.

  49. The school administrators who were openly discussing this case and plotting to not only punish him in the school but to have him tried in court should be charged with involuntary manslaughter or something similar. Whatever the charge they should be held accountable for this kid’s death.

  50. Nudity in front of minors deserves punishment? How uptight has our society become? The jump from a teen streaking to teens having sex bc of viewing a streker – don’t understand that conclusion.
    There are more and more cases I have been hearing about of teens serving HARSH PRISON SENTENCES and SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY for life bc of peer relationships. We put kids together and then expect them to comprehend their lives will be ruined for behaviors. The Sex Offender Laws are good laws in general but when applied to teens the spirit of law is lost. We need to amend these laws. Being labeled an offender placed on registry should NEVER have been an option for this poor boy. A life was lost BECAUSE OF ZEALOTS. he may have has problems but clearly this was WHY killed himself. A BOY SCOUT TOO! A great kid. Saddened beyond words

  51. Tragic story! Just seeing the human body is not violating! Society is consistantly placing emphasis on rediculous b.s.! A 15 year old is supposed to do stupid things, thats what stories are made of. Poor parents, it is the unimaginable and my prayers are with them. Whatever happened to schools dealing with the kids and their parents? Really, the law needed to be brought into this? In our completely jacked up society, maybe the “law” can be of more use stopping violent crimes! People are rediculous and now we have another statistic who must have been so scared thinking his life was over anyway! Geez, lets prioritize already!

  52. The number of people who are “overly” self righteous is enormous. We must do better at stopping these people at gaining positions of authority. We are the most uptight sexual society in the world and it is having a profound effect on our culture. Take prostitution. It is evidenced by other prohibitions, that they increase the value or price of the product or service. Hence we have artificially inflated the value of sex, with women being the primary beneficiaries, but young men also in the homosexual community. During my divorce in the late 1980s, I started surveying divorced men and this was the dominate theme portrayed by them. Commonly called, gold diggers, women use sex, dating and their sexuality to acquire wages, gifts, food, labor, and other monetary benefits and we men, being the over amorous idiots we are, drool over the more attractive specimens, even though there is a 60% chance that if married, their wife, 80% of the time will file for divorce within the first 10 years of a marriage. The divorce rates are near 60% and women file for divorce 80% of the time. There obviously is a difference between lust and true love. Women often times steal the entire content of the jointly held property within the home, bank accounts etc. as the man doesn’t know the filing for divorce is even coming, much less that he is going to come home some day and either have a restraining order against him or the contents of the jointly held home removed. Where are the overly self righteous when we really need them to provide justice. This is not something, we as a society like to talk about, but as young men, those with less wealth, surely experience and observe the lust for money and the hierocracy within our society. Right and wrong is quite subjective and their are few who are not complicit, including myself, to many of the social problems facing our society.

  53. Would it make a difference to know that this was a paid prank? Several other teens pooled their money together and paid Christian to streak. It wasn’t a spur of the moment thing. And others warned him of the trouble it could cause him.

  54. I don’t think that makes it any different what so ever! This is a 15 yr old kid who ran across a field naked. Nobody was hurt by his actions until it was blown entirely out of proportion. Him collecting money to do it just shows he had an entrepreneurial spirit.

  55. The administrator likely violated FERPA statutes by sharing information about the status of this young man’s case with the media. It is precisely for reasons like this that we have strict educational privacy laws; a simple indiscretion can be turned into an embarrassing public humiliation. The administrator should be disciplined and possibly prosecuted due to the grave consequences of his indiscretion.

  56. John Benson is the author of this article on Soccer games.
    I honestly believe that Adrian Peterson, Arian Foster, Ray Rice, Marshawn Lynch,
    or Jamaal Charles should be your focus in the first round. Denver, the depth of their roster is incredible as well as what John Elway has done out there.

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