Producer/director Judd Apatow joins chorus calling for Sparkman High principal’s firing following Christian Adamek suicide

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – In the wake of 15-year-old Christian Adamek’s suicide, a number of people, including producer and director Judd Apatow, are calling for the resignation of Sparkman High School principal Michael Campbell.

A Change.org petition to Gov. Robert Bentley, state Superintendent Tommy Bice and Madison County school district officials calls for Campbell’s resignation “due to his roll (sic)” in Adamek’s death. The teen hanged himself on Oct. 2, less than a week after getting in trouble for streaking at Sparkman’s Sept. 27 football game against Grissom High School.

Michael CampbellMichael Campbell
(The Huntsville Times)

Though the school district has been quiet about details of Adamek’s punishment, Campbell on Oct. 1 told WHNT News 19 that the teen’s prank had serious consequences, including a potential charge of public lewdness, and that the case had been turned over to the Madison County court system for review.

Adamek hanged himself the following day, and died Oct. 3 of his injuries.

Adamek’s sister, Danielle, also indicated on Twitter prior to her brother’s death that he could be expelled for the prank. She has since made her Twitter profile private, and the family has not spoken publicly about Christian’s death.

Judd ApatowJudd Apatow
(File photo)

The Change.org petition, which had just under 100 signatures as of this morning, is the latest example of public outrage toward Campbell and the school district following Adamek’s death. Bloggers have written about his death and his story has been shared across the country and around the globe.

An Australian woman who signed the petition under the name Linda Joy accused Campbell of literally scaring Adamek to death.

“The gross overreaction by this principal set a precedence (sic) that can
vilify the most innocent of acts into the most heinous of crimes,” Joy wrote. “It
must not go unchallenged.”

Christian Adamek obit picture croppedChristian Adamek
(Photo from Hughart and Beard Funeral Home’s website)

The story has also spread rapidly across social media like Facebook and Twitter.

Producer and director Judd Apatow, known for movies such as “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Bridesmaids,” on Thursday retweeted a story about Adamek that had been posted on the Equal Justice Initiative website. Apatow also posted the image of a page on the Madison County Schools website that contains Campbell’s contact information.

Some of Apatow’s followers called him out for distributing Campbell’s information. The director noted that the information came from a public website.

The school district has not addressed the rumors that Adamek was told he could be labeled a sex offender.

According to Alabama law, public lewdness is a Class C misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of three months in jail. 

This is Campbell’s first year leading Sparkman High. He was hired in April to replace retiring principal Manuel Wallace.

Prior to his job at Sparkman, Johnson spent a year as principal of Johnson High School in Huntsville. He came to Huntsville from Centreville High School in Fairfax County, Va.

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