Jillian Jacobson, 31, was a photography teacher at El Dorado High School in Placentia, California. On Monday morning, several students and a fellow teacher found Jacobson hanging in her classroom.
School staff brought Jacobson's body to the ground.
Placentia Police Department Lt. Eric Point told KTLA that authorities were called to the scene before 9 a.m. and found Jacobson in full cardiac arrest.
Jacobson was declared dead at the scene.
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Jacobson taught photography at El Dorado High School for 10 years and she was popular among students and teachers alike.
“We lost a very important faculty member,” one student told KTLA. “She was the greatest teacher that was here. She was an amazing teacher. It was a terrible thing that happened today.”
Leo Amaya, 16, told the Orange County Register that Jacobson was an upbeat person who loved to hold her classes outside. “If you take into account how everyone reacted by crying and being upset, you’ll see how everyone was completely surprised that it was her,” Amaya said. “She gave no signs of being depressed or sad.”
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Kevin Lee, Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District assistant superintendent, said school officials were working to release students early.
Jacobson’s husband has been notified of her death. She did not leave a note.