For The Locals

This story is so heartbreaking and it happened right here at home.

Adriana Kuch took her own life after being bullied and attacked by classmates at Central Regional High School in Bayville. Parents of students at the Central Regional District are planning a demonstration to put pressure on the school administration.  They’re planning to meet outside Central Regional High School or at a park nearby. The school board will be holding its first public meeting Thursday night, after an emergency meeting over the weekend where the district’s superintendent submitted his resignation.

Without getting into the details of the events or glorifying the bullies, the Kuch family has shared the following obituary for Adriana:

Adriana O. Kuch, 14, of Bayville, has sadly passed away on February 3, 2023. Born in Toledo Ohio and lived several places because her father was an Army Airborne soldier serving his country. They moved to Bayville seven years ago. Adriana was a freshman at Central Regional High School. She adored all animals, she helped children with special needs, she loved jogging with her brothers and was a true nature lover. Adriana also enjoyed her walks in the woods, skateboarding, riding dune buggies and dirt bikes. Adriana’s mother Brandy had predeceased her. She is survived by her loving parents, Michael Sr. and Sarah Kuch; also, by her cherished siblings, Ashley Kuch, Brittany Kuch, Brandon Tucker, Michael Kuch Jr. and his wife Jennifer Ferro, Jacob Kuch, Ethan Kuch, Marissa Lynch and Haiden Lynch.

Visiting hours for relatives and friends will be Friday, Feb. 10th, from 5pm to 7pm at the Mastapeter Memorial Home, 270 Atlantic city Blvd., Bayville. The committal will be private with the family. In lieu of flowers, for expressions of condolences, donations in Adriana’s memory to: Jersey Shore Animal Center, 185 Brick Blvd., Brick NJ 08723 (, would be appreciated.

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