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Teacher commits suicide at Western High School

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) - A local teacher, for some unknown reason, brings his life to an end in the middle of a high school courtyard. Fortunately, students were not in school when it happened, but it doesn't lessen the blow as everyone wonders what drove this teacher over the edge.

Police swarmed Western High School near Decatur and Bonanza after staff heard a gunshot and dialed 911.

"This afternoon at about 2:30 one single shot was heard by the staff here at Western High School," Lt. Ken Young with Clark County School Police says.

When police arrive they found a 58 year old man laying dead in the school's courtyard. They say a teacher committed suicide.

"We don't have any specifics as to why he may have taken the actions that he did on today," Lt. Young says.

But rumors are already circulating. Western students were turned away from scheduled school activities and sports practices.

"That's something big. Why would you come do it at school?" Western student, Erick Roman wonders.

A group of students says the man who killed himself is their science teacher and he may have been sick. While none of that has been confirmed by police, it's still disheartening for them to think about.

"It's going to be weird you know," Western student Alex Tauoa says.

Fortunately they still have another day before they will be back. Monday and Tuesday are both scheduled teacher work days. Officers say they hope to have the investigation completed before class is back in session.

"As you can imagine its a pretty traumatic experience for staff members so we do have grief counselors here," Lt. Young says.

Police aren't releasing the teacher's name until all family is notified.

UPDATE: Identified as 58 yr. old, Michael Roberts

http://www.ktnv.com/global/story.asp?s=13425432


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Added: Nov-5-2010 Occurred On: Oct-31-2010
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  • A little bit unusual story...zipper can you please post any more details about the motivation and life of this poor guy later.

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    • A short video, but not much more on why. A couple of comments from people and it seems not much sympathy. A student did say he was dressed in black last Thursday and appeared depressed. I'll update when more is released.

      http://www.ktnv.com/Global/story.asp?S=13440597

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  • He found out Harry Reid was re-elected.

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  • Glad it ended like this as opposed to a headline such as "teacher kills 25 students, then shoots himself"
    . At least he was the only one hurt.

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  • my middle school science teacher used to have students stand guard outside his backoffice while he watched porn lol

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  • He did it at the school itself. Something screwy there. Either (1) the teacher he dated just dumped him, (2) the student he was messing with just informed on him or (3) he just got fired.

    Yeah, that's all speculation.

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  • He was a science teacher, and, probably not of the Creationist sort. Probably looked into the mirror, thought about the nearly MIRACULOUS occurance of molecules and peptides tumbling in ancient seas, and, seeing that he was now bloated and aging, fated to only deteroriate further at a quicker pace from cruel years that come by faster with each journey around the sun, decided to say... "screw it". But, it IS strange he'd pick a school yard to end it all. Maybe it was to obtain a kind More..

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    • I had a 94 year old friend who killed himself when he could no longer swallow from a botched throat cancer opperation. He said that IF he could not swallow again after a year after the opperation, he'd quit pooring food and water into his feeding tube. Not only could he not swallow, but, he couldn't sleep, or, choke on loogies. Well, I was sad to see him go, but, but, his brave and optimistic out-look on hell NOT greeting him for going out the way he chose, gave me a feeling of hope for him. More..

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    • That's sad.

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    • yes, but its also not cheating.

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  • They told him how much his teachers union dues was going up after they wasted millions on supporting dumb-o-crats.

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  • Suicide is one of the most selfish acts conceivable.

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    • I see it as a viable option for some , altruistic in some cases . But points lost for location and method can severely lower your score .

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    • Correct mr peckory we are all born to die. Life can be excruciatingly painful for many people and when there's no end to the pain, i think all ought to be forgiven if a person makes this choice.
      I think its supreme bravery to know when one's own life needs to end. But i don't believe one should take anyone with you if you "opt out".

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    • I used to go with my ex girlfriend to visit her 80 year old mother in the medicare "Board and care" where she lingered for about two years. She was a very tough and stubborn old lady and i was amazed she lasted so long. It went from us wheeling her to the kitchen for dinner, then finally to a big chocolate IV bottle (and every time we came to visit her, the lazy foreign fuck nurses had even let the IV run dry.) Her "life" was our visits, and television, she could not talk More..

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