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Schoolboy, 15, Hanged Himself Because He Feared Being Expelled

14/08/2014 16:54 | Updated 22 May 2015

Schoolboy, 15, who streaked across football field hanged himself because he feared being expelled

A schoolboy who became a Twitter 'legend' after streaking during a football game hanged himself after he reportedly faced being expelled and feared being placed on the sex offenders' register.

Christian Adamek, from Huntsville, Alabama, committed suicide a week after he was arrested for running naked across the Sparkman High football field during a game.

A video of Christian streaking during a game against a rival team was posted on YouTube hours after the event and students took to Twitter to call him a 'legend'. The video has since been removed.

One student wrote on Twitter: "Sparkman's new slogan is gonna be, 'Welcome to Sparkman High School, Home of Christian Adamek'."

But school staff did not treat the situation so lightly.

Sparkman High Principal Michael Campbell told local news a day before the suicide attempt that the teen could face major repercussions because of his actions. He said the incident was not just a prank and needed to be treated seriously.

In Alabama, indecent exposure is linked to the state's sex offender laws, meaning that he could have found himself on the sex offenders register due to the streaking.

The day before Christian's death, the principal had confirmed that he was not at school and the teenager's sister suggested on Twitter that he faced expulsion, AL.com reported.

A memorial service for the teenager on Wednesday remembered him as a popular student who had had a smile on his face.

Boy Scout Troop master David Silvernail said: "There are two kinds of people in the world; ones that brighten the room when they walk in and those that don't.

"He was one that brightened the room when he walked in. That's what I'll always remember about Christian."

His mother, Angela, thanked her son's friends and said they could learn from his life.

She said: "Remember to smile, don't be afraid to do something goofy and remember the consequences of those actions, ask for help when you need it, ask for help if you think your friends need it if you don't know what to do, be quirky, be happy, be smart."

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