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Thursday, March 05, 2015

California teacher found hanging knew suicide's devastation

PLACENTIA, Calif. — The Southern California teacher whose students found her hanging from her classroom ceiling knew the devastating effects of suicide: Her own father went missing and was found dead with a bullet wound to his head after committing suicide nearly four years earlier.

Jillian Jacobson, 31, had spoken with students about her father's suicide and had counseled one class of students just a few weeks ago, saying if they ever felt down, they should ask for help.

Jacobson did a weeklong unit on depression for freshmen, emphasizing that suicide wasn't the answer to anyone's problems and it affected many people greatly.

On Monday, students arriving to their morning photography class found the door to Jacobson's room locked. Thinking their teacher was late, the students asked another teacher to unlock the door. When they opened it, they found Jacobson hanging from the ceiling.

Two school staff members got her down while another worker called 911.

"We have a teacher that's down," the caller said in a hurried voice.

"Do you know if they're breathing?" the 911 dispatcher said.



Anonymous said...

Not something to put in the heads of those kids. She should have taken her selfish, WEAK minded, act somewhere in the woods. Pathetic.

Anonymous said...

Room for a new one with less pay! I know a Couple around here that should think about "retirement"!

Anonymous said...

She sounds like most of the Looney Tune counsellors, psychologists, psychiatrists, addiction specialists, domestic and anger management "experts". Talk a good game but are certified nut jobs themselves.

Anonymous said...

It is hard to believe that knowing how bad the she must have suffered about her dads suicide that she would have done this in such a public way where her student had to find her. The pain of loosing someone to suicide is something that never goes away and springs up when you least expect it...again and again.

Anonymous said...

She was a Democrat obviously, 634. They teach one thing, but just can't live up to their own teachings.

They are just not built like you and me.