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Jillian Jacobson, Well-Liked Photography Teacher, Found Dead In California Classroom

PLACENTIA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California teacher who committed suicide by hanging herself in her classroom was a well-liked 31-year-old photography instructor, authorities said Monday. Students arriving at El Dorado High School found Jil...

A Southern California teacher who committed suicide by hanging herself in her classroom was a well-liked 31-year-old photography instructor, authorities said Monday.

Students arriving at El Dorado High School found Jillian Jacobson’s classroom door locked, Placentia police Lt. Eric Point said. Thinking she was late, they went next door to get another teacher, who returned with them and opened the door.

On her profile page at El Dorado High School’s website, Jacobson smiles in a photo near the words, “Today is a great day to take a picture!”

Several students posted tributes on Facebook and Twitter, crediting Jacobson with inspiring their interest in photography and being a caring teacher.

Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.