High school teacher dies after attempting suicide in classroom


A fine arts teacher at a high school in Texas has died after attempting suicide in his classroom during school hours, according to school district officials.

Jordan Halane was found unconscious in his classroom by another teacher at Wessendorff Middle School in Rosenberg, and was rushed to a local hospital, US news station KTRK reported.

The school’s principal, Sonya Sanzo, wrote a letter to parents explaining what had happened.

As the situation unfolded, students were held in their classrooms and were not aware of the medical emergency, Ms Sanzo explained.

“Unfortunately, we believe it was the teacher’s intent to harm himself,” she wrote. “There were no weapons on campus and students were never in any danger.”

Jordan Halane attempted suicide in a classroom during school hours and later died at the hospital. (Photo: Facebook)

Mr Halane’s friends and peers have taken to social media to pay tribute to the man, who was married in 2016.

I learned so much from you about what it looks like to lead with humility, perseverance and joy,” Annie Kessler, who worked with Mr Halane, shared on Facebook.

“I’m so sad today and so grateful for the love & friendship you brought to this world in such a short time.”

Celeste M. Barretto, another peer, described Mr Halane as a “great listener, a kind soul.”

Wessendorff Middle School in Texas, where Mr Halane worked. Source: Google Maps

She wrote that he “must have carried pain we knew nothing about. He is deeply missed.”

Friends who knew the educator or attended school with him spoke of his voice, which he often shared to their delight.

In one video, he can be heard singing the tenor solo in “Love Is Little.”

In an email to parents, Ms Sanzo said the school’s focus is “always on the safety and well-being of our students”.

“We felt that you should be aware of the situation in case your child comes home with questions or concerns,” the email read.

Counsellors are available to students.

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health call Lifeline on 13 11 14.