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N.J. teacher dies by suicide inside school where he worked, authorities say

Written by Mamie M. Arndt

A 47-year-old teacher died by an apparent suicide inside Pompton Lakes High School, where he worked, authorities said Saturday.

Police found the man’s body inside the school building on Friday while conducting a welfare check around 9 p.m., the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office said.

The teacher lived in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and taught the form, function and design course at the high school, Pompton Lakes Public Schools Superintendent Paul Amoroso wrote in a letter to parents.

He began teaching in September and leaves behind a wife, two children and two step-children, Amoroso wrote.

The district will be providing onsite counseling support 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday; students must wear masks while following social distancing guidelines. The district will also be providing ongoing virtual counseling.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free, confidential support 24 hours a day for people in distress.

New Jersey residents struggling with pandemic-related issues can text NJHOPE to 51684 or call 866-202-HELP (4357), for emotional support, education and referrals from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. The program is made possible through the state Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services within the New Jersey Department of Human Services.

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