An assistant principal at a California middle college fatally shot himself in an obvious suicide on campus, officials mentioned.
Moises Plascencia was discovered dead at Kraemer Middle School in Placentia early Monday, school officials said in a statement.
“The incident took place in a private staff area and fellow staff members and students were not present nor was the occurrence witnessed by anyone,” Principal Michael Young mentioned.
Plascencia was found lifeless in a toilet with a firearm close by, Placentia police told NBC News. Investigators imagine he fatally shot himself earlier than any college students have been on campus and the majority of staffers arrived.
The Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District will make counselors obtainable to college students, workers and households within the aftermath of Plascencia’s loss of life, Superintendent Jim Elsasser mentioned.
“While we may never make sense of or understand why this occurred, we do know that turning to each other during this time for support is essential,” Elsasser said in a statement.
Plascencia was a “father, husband, brother and friend” to many at the college and the way during which he died has devastated the complete campus, Elsasser mentioned.
“As the superintendent, I am struggling to find adequate words to convey the shock and heartbreak we are all feeling right now,” he mentioned. “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.”
Students have been despatched house following Plascencia’s suicide, Young mentioned. Classes have been set to renew Tuesday.
“Words will never be able to express our true sorrow regarding this loss,” Young mentioned. “While we may never make sense of nor understand why this occurred, please know how deeply Mr. Plascencia cares for your students, their education, and all of Kraemer Middle School.”
No extra particulars have been obtainable Monday, district spokeswoman Alyssa Griffiths told the Los Angeles Times.
If you’re battling suicidal ideas or are experiencing a psychological well being disaster and dwell in New York City, you possibly can name 1-888-NYC-WELL without cost and confidential disaster counseling. If you reside exterior the 5 boroughs, you possibly can dial the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or go to SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.