A teenage girl who took her own life after being brutally beaten by school bullies was seen saving her neighbour's daughter from drowning in a swimming pool.
Adriana Kuch, from New Jersey, was seen sitting by the pool as the little girl jumped in and started bobbing up and down.
At first, Kuch thought the child was just playing but quickly realised she was struggling.
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The teenager quickly stood up and threw her jacket off before diving in after Luciana, who was then 8 and is a triplet and pulling her out, in the footage captured in August last year.
The mother of the child, Roxanne Gattuso spoke to the New York Post about the bravery of the teen, who was nicknamed Sissy by her children.
"She realized no, something was wrong. She was so aware," the mum said, as she recalled saying to her: "Thank God you were here, Sissy!"
Kuch, 14, lived next door to the family and visited often before she took her own life on February 3.
Gattuso said it was particularly comforting to have her around after her husband died suddenly in 2021 – but now that they had lost her too, she couldn’t bear to put the children through another death.
“I’m not telling the kids anything about this all because they loved her and they will go crazy. They will lose it,” she said.
The teenager was found dead in her Berkeley Township home hours after she received a message mocking her for getting her “a** whooped,” her father claimed.
Four students have been charged in the savage attack, which took place on February 1, in a hallway at Central Regional High School.
An obituary posted for the teen said 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.”
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Dr Triantafillos Parlapanides, the superintendent of the Central Regional School District Board of Education resigned on Saturday (February 11).
In a statement on its website, the school district wrote: "The Central Regional family continues to mourn the loss of one of our children.
"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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