OC middle school administrator kills himself on campus

PLACENTIA (CNS) – A vice principal at a middle school in Placentia killed himself on campus today, prompting the school to dismiss students early and make counselors available.

Deputy principal Moises Plascencia committed suicide ‘in a staff-only area’ on the Kraemer Middle School campus, with no students or other staff present, according to an announcement from principal Michael Young.

“Words can never express our true grief over this loss,” Young wrote. “Although we may never understand or understand why this happened, please know how much Mr. Plascencia cared about your students, their education, and all of Kraemer Middle School.”

Police were called to the school at 645 N. Angelina Drive around 9 a.m. about a school employee who committed suicide in a locked staff bathroom, which is not open to students, according to the Placentia Police Department. Young found the body, police said.

Young said although classes were canceled for the day Monday, the school will operate on a normal schedule on Tuesday.

“The Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District‘s team of highly trained mental health professionals will be on campus serving and supporting students, staff, and families,” Young wrote in his post. ‘Anyone affected by this incident is encouraged to come to the multipurpose room for mental health support at any time during the rest of the week. ”

Plascencia began working in the district in 1998 and was promoted to assistant manager at Kraemer in 2014, according to district spokeswoman Alyssa Griffiths.

Martha K. Merrill