Assistant principal at California middle school dies on campus of apparent suicide, officials say – East Bay Times

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An assistant principal took his own life Monday morning in a private area at Kraemer Middle School in Placentia, according to campus officials and police.
School operations were suspended for the day after the death of Assistant Principal Moises Plascencia in a private staff area, according to a statement from Principal Michael Young.
Plascencia’s death was not witnessed by any students or fellow staff members, campus officials said.
“Words will never be able to express our true sorrow regarding this loss,” Young wrote. “While we may never make sense of nor understand why this occurred, please know how deeply Mr. Plascencia cared for your students, their education, and all of Kraemer Middle School.
The school was expected to resume classes Tuesday. Officials said mental health officials from the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District will be on campus to support students, staff and families.
“We thank you for your patience, flexibility, and understanding as we continue to navigate this terrible tragedy on our campus,” Young wrote to the “Kraemer Middle School community.”
According to a statement from the Placentia Police Department, officers responded at about 9 a.m. to reports that a school employee had shot himself in a locked staff bathroom. Another employee found Plascencia, police said, and the firearm was recovered.
In a statement, District Superintendent Superintendent Jim Elsasser described Plascencia as “so much more than a respected assistant principal…
“He was a father, husband, brother, and friend to so many in our school district community,” Elsasser said. “His passing, and the manner in which it occurred, has left us devastated, confused, and heartbroken; however, we ask that you please respect his family’s privacy during this incredibly difficult time.”
As the Superintendent, I am struggling to find adequate words to convey the shock and heartbreak we are all feeling right now,” he added. “Yet I know that we will find a way to come together as a community, care for one another, and get through this trauma together.”
It isn’t the first time that such a tragedy has occurred on a local campus.
In 2015, a photography teacher hanged herself from the ceiling of a classroom on a morning before classes began at El Dorado High School in Placentia. In 1987, a woman who lived nearby entered a classroom at Panorama Elementary School and shot herself to death in front of a teacher and 28 fifth-grade students.
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