Students discover school teacher hanged in classroom

A popular 31-year-old photography teacher was found hanging inside a classroom by students

A popular 31-year-old photography teacher was found hanging inside an Orange County high school classroom by students as they arrived to school on Monday, police said.

The woman, identified by police as Jillian Jacobson, was found hanging from the ceiling at El Dorado High School in Placentia.

"The preliminary investigation indicates it was a suicide," said Placentia police Lt. Eric Point according to the .

Officials said that two students had gone to the teacher's classroom but found the door locked.

The students asked another teacher to let them in the classroom, where they found the photography instructor. Together they lowered the teacher to the floor, authorities said.

Paramedics tried to revive the woman with CPR, but she was pronounced dead in the classroom, Point said.

According to the Cal State Fullerton website, Jacobson was also a teacher at the school’s art summer camp for kids. She taught ceramics, and black-and-white and digital photography.

Jacobson's bio on the university website said her goal every summer was “to give campers an experience they will always remember, and to send them home with artwork they will be proud of for years to come."


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