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Students at a Southern California high school made a horrific discovery Monday morning when they came upon a female teacher hanging from a classroom ceiling.
Captain Steve Concialdi, of the Orange County Fire Authority, says the teacher took her life sometime before 8.40am at El Dorado High School in Placentia.
According to the police official, students who found the victim initially arrived to a locked classroom.
After the two students were let inside by another teacher, the three found the teacher and helped cut her down from the ceiling. 911 was called at 8:40.
Responding paramedics found her lying on the classroom floor suffering from cardiac arrest, Placentia Police Lt. Eric Pointe told Orange County Register.
They performed CPR but were unable to revive the teacher. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
A student witness told the LA Times about screams emanating from the classroom when the tragic discovery was made.
Frank Leon, 16, said his teacher left to unlock Jacobson's classroom and he heard 'screaming, crying. It freaked the hell out of me.'
He added that his teacher was screaming, 'Oh my God, oh my God!'
Assistant Superintendent Kevin Lee with Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District says classes were dismissed for the day at 11am
He also confirmed there was an 'emergency medical situation' involving a teacher.
Crisis counselors have been made available on campus.
Several students told the OC Register that Jacobson's father killed himself, and she that she always urged teens not to resort to suicide.
There is no word at this time on what may have prompted the popular teacher to end her life.
originally posted by: AnuTyr
I think she might of taken a students remark to kill herself a little to seriously.
I hope her family can understand how serious school dares can get.
But really, At what point in her mind did it seem like a good idea to hang herself in a classroom? Did she WANT to traumatize those kids.
I guess her call for help or attention or something was stronger than the need to not scar these kids for life.
This is Tragic, But in context. Everyone should be saying, WTF?
I know school is bad, And the government funded system sucks.
But is it really worth hanging yourself for your students to walk into? at like 9 in the morning.
originally posted by: Sremmos80
a reply to: TDawg61
I am speculating here, but seems they were there early if it was just 2 kids that saw this/were let it.
Either there early by no choice of their own, which is possible, or they enjoyed extra time with the teacher.
If it is the ladder, I really feel for these kids.