On “Sunday Night in America,” Fox News host Trey Gowdy spoke out about the terrible incident in which Adriana Kuch, a high school student from New Jersey, age 14, suffered an unprovoked attack and bullying from her peers that was videotaped.
Despite the attack leaving her physically and psychologically devastated, her classmates continued to harass and make fun of her after it was captured on camera and posted online. Kuch committed suicide because the shame and humiliation had devastated her.
Kuch, a Central Regional High School student, was discovered dead in her home on February 3—two days after a graphic assault on her was captured on camera.
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“A videotaped unprovoked assault on a high school kid in New Jersey at the age of 14 occurred at the school. As if being assaulted wasn’t enough, several of these adolescents started taunting and demeaning this 14-year-old after the incident was caught on camera. Adriana Kuch was characterized as a kind and affectionate young lady. She weighed less than 100 pounds, had never engaged in combat before, and this particular conflict wasn’t all that intense “explained Gowdy. “In a school hallway, she was attacked by a number of other students. This 14-year-old girl with brilliant eyes, a lovely smile, and her entire life ahead of her, who was embarrassed and humiliated at not only being attacked but also the video being shared online, chose suicide rather than deal with the bullying following being assaulted.”
Gowdy questioned a number of issues related to accountability, including the conduct of the students who attacked her, the participation of their parents, the inaction in filing charges against the offenders, and the procedures followed by the high schools in New Jersey in handling similar events.
He stated that there are various layers of accountability that need to be addressed.
He emphasized that criminal victims, particularly those under the age of 14, should have the full backing of law enforcement and the strength of the court system on their side.
“The students who assaulted her came first. What causes a gang of youngsters to assault one another without cause? How about bragging about their attack and posting it online? Who would do something like that? The parents weren’t around.” said Gowdy. “Why did it take the police so long to file charges against the offenders? Is it accurate to say that the attackers weren’t charged until the young girl committed suicide? Would it not also be a criminal before she committed suicide if it happened before, if it was a crime after she committed suicide?”
Gowdy went on: “Who knows what would have transpired if Adriana Kuch had been handled like the victim that she was from the start. Who knows what may have happened if she had felt safe, defended, and supported. Law enforcement, individuals in positions of authority, and those who love justice ought to be behind victims. Fourteen-year-old victims shouldn’t be contemplating suicide in their bedrooms, feeling isolated and alone.”
According to the attorney for a NJ kid who was bullied in Adriana Kuch’s former school, physical assaults and persistent cyberbullying are pervasive throughout New Jersey.
In the end, Gowdy contended that victims shouldn’t be required to make their own decisions about how to address abuse.