Talking To Your Kids About Tragedy: Young High School Teacher Takes Her Own Life At School



A photography teacher at a local Southern California high school appears to have committed suicide by hanging herself in a classroom.


Jillian Jacobson, 31, was found Monday at El Dorado High School, said Lt. Eric Point, with Placentia Police. There wasn’t any indication of foul play, and every indication that she took her own life, he said.


According to officer Steve Concialdi with the Orange County Fire Authority, students had been waiting outside the classroom to get in. Another teacher opened the door.

When they went inside the classroom, they found Jacobson hanging from the ceiling. They quickly brought her to the ground and called 911, said Concialdi, but she was declared dead at the scene.


Local students posted tributes to the teacher on social media, saying she would be greatly missed. One student called her caring; another said she was a beautiful soul.

Crisis counselors are expected to be on campus all week to support staff and students.


In this day and age, there seems to be more media coverage regarding tragic events that happen either at school or around the realm of your kids.  It is important to talk to them when these occurrences take place, so that they are in complete understanding and don’t jump to any radical conclusions themselves.  Take the time to explain to your kids the details of what took place, and maintain a healthy and open relationship with your children.

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