By Robert O'Hara
On the evening of Friday, September 27th in the small town of Harvest Alabama, a community of just over 5,000 souls, a fifteen year old boy took off his clothes and ran naked across a football field where the Sparkman High School Senators were playing against a rival teem in front of a large crowd. His friends cheered, old women blushed, young children pointed their fingers and asked “Mommy why is that kid running around naked?” leaving parents flustered while trying to hold back their laughter. Someone had even recorded a video and placed it on Youtube. By the end of the night Christian Adamek had become legend by pulling a prank performed by countless pranksters before him on countless playing fields in front of countless millions in the past.
Last week, on Wednesday October 2nd, Christian hung himself and it was announced Friday morning in AL.com that he had died from his injuries.
Adamek’s suicide followed a public statement made by Sparkman High School Principal Mike Campbell on Tuesday of last week to WHNT News 19, the local Television Station, in which he stated the incident could bring Adamek major repercussions. Adamek had been disciplined by the school district, though details of that discipline were not made public, and he faced legal charges. School administrators recommended that Adamek have a hearing in the Madison County court system to determine if formal charges would be filed, WHNT reported. “There’s the legal complications,” Campbell told the 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.”
The “legal complications” Campbell was referring to included having to register as a sex offender.
When asked if this was nothing more than a simple prank Campbell responded: “This situation was totally different, something not related to that at all.”
Adamek’s sister indicated on Twitter that her brother was facing expulsion.
The publicizing of his troubles with the school and the legal system were orchestrated by Campbell before any legal hearings were scheduled and shortly after administrative actions by school officials. It is not known now to what extent the family had been involved in preliminary hearings or to what extent they were even informed at all about the length to which Campbell would take the case before he spoke to the local press.
Campbell is new to the school, having only started work there on July 1st. However, he has been in secondary education for over thirty years with most of that time being spent in Fairfax County, Virginia. He started in athletics coaching basketball, football and girls softball before going into administration. Last year he left Centerville High School, a large school in Northern Virginia given high marks by the Virginia Department of Education. It was the second ranked school in Virginia by Newsweek in 2011.