Christian Adamek, an Alabama teen who feared he would be charged as a sex offender for streaking across his high school's football field in September, committed suicide earlier this month, and now friends and family members are speaking out about the "hypocritical" laws.
Adamek, 15, was arrested Sept. 27 after running naked on the field during a timeout at a Sparkman High School football game. School officials recommended the teen be criminally charged and reportedly threatened to expel him.
"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," Michael Campbell, the school's principal, told WHNT shortly after the incident.
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According to Alabama state law, a person charged with indecent exposure may be required to register as a sex offender, according to AL.com.
Madison County school district officials reportedly disciplined Adamek — though it's not clear to what extent — and recommended he attend a court hearing to determine what specific charges he would face.
Then, on Oct. 2, Adamek hanged himself. He died two days later from his injuries.
His family and friends believe Adamek killed himself because he feared being labeled as a sex offender.
"To logical, reasonable people, streaking at a high school football game at 15 is clearly an immature goof
; not appropriate but not criminal," they wrote on the page. "The problem is that sex offense laws are so broad that they fail to differentiate between acts like this, and even other sex offenses with an actual victim perpetrated by other children, and an adult who habitually molests children or violently rapes an adult. The public needs to understand that broad-brush laws are harmful in multiple ways; without them there is no change."
Adamek was described by those that loved him as a funny, quirky, and playful boy with an energetic spirit.
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