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Dr. Triantafillos Parlapanides, the superintendent of a New Jersey school district, has resigned amid severe backlash following the heartbreaking suicide of a 14-year-old student, Ariana Kuch.
“The Central Regional School District Board of Education has accepted the resignation of Dr. Triantafilos Parlapanides.” The Central Regional School District of Education wrote in a statement. “The Central Regional family continues to mourn the loss of one of our children. We are all praying for the family and loved one and our entire community.”
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Parlapanides’ resignation comes just one day following the student’s memorial service.
The news comes after the father of Ariana, Michael Kuch, criticized the district for not doing enough to prevent the bullying and harassment his daughter faced, which pushed the young girl to take her own life days after a violent video circulated online.
“I’m livid,” Michael shared with Fox News Digital on Friday. “I blame the girls and the school and the cops. I want everyone to know what happened to her, I want justice, as much attention, so they can’t ignore it.”
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Following the disturbing video, which showed several students viciously attacking Adriana as she was walking with her boyfriend in a school hallway, four students were suspended indefinitely before they were charged in the attack on Friday.
One juvenile is charged with aggravated assault, two juveniles were charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated assault and the fourth juvenile was charged with harassment.
Adriana’s death thrust school bullying to the forefront and sparked student protests outside of Central Regional High School following the student’s death on Feb. 3.
“The Central Regional School District is evaluating all current and past allegations of bullying.” the statement continued. “The District has contacted the Department of Education and will undergo an independent assessment of the District’s anti-bullying policies and ensure every necessary safeguard is in place to protect our students and staff.”
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Dr. Douglas Corbett has been appointed as the acting superintendent.