Married Texas teacher, 31, commits suicide inside his classroom

Junie Sihlangu
Nov 08, 2018
03:54 P.M.
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A Wessendorff Middle School teacher was found alone and unconscious in his classroom on Monday. He was believed to have been trying to take his own life.


A fellow staff member found the teacher and an ambulance was called. Lessons carried on at the school while the teacher was taken to Oak Bend Medical Center.

The Lamar Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) believed that Jordan Halane, 31, had committed suicide when he was found. The Fine Arts teacher was unconscious when he was found.

Principal Sonya Sanzo revealed that the teacher was taken to Oak Bend Medical Center, where he later died. While the medical emergency ensued, students were placed on hold and they remained in their classrooms.


For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. The CISD believed that it was Halane’s intention to harm himself.

No weapons were found on campus and the middle school students weren't in any danger. Halane's classroom is located in a portion of the school which is not directly accessible to students.


After the teacher was taken away, students continued on a slightly modified schedule. At the end of the day, classes were dismissed as per usual.

Sanzo shared that school sent an email to student’s parents because they felt they had a right to know what happened ahead of time. The email was sent before the children returned home from school that day.


Part of the email read:

"Our 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."

On Tuesday, crisis counseling teams were available on campus and they were set to respond as needed throughout the week. The email also referred students and staff to call the Texana Crisis Talkline at 1-800-633-5786, a 24-hour crisis hotline, if and when they needed to talk about any concerns that they might have.


According to Halane’s Facebook account, he was married in 2016. He lived in Houston and his job was listed as a Vocal Music Director.

In a separate incident, Marston Riley, 64, a high school music teacher was arrested last Friday after he was caught on video attacking a student in front of his band class. The teacher was taken in on the suspicion of child abuse and causing great bodily injury on a child.


The incident occurred at 1:30 p.m. at Maywood Academy High School in California. During the fifth period, Riley allegedly told a student to leave his classroom because he wasn't wearing a proper uniform.

The student allegedly refused and challenged the black teacher to fight instead. The student called Riley the n-word and threw a basketball at him.

A man who is believed to be a resource officer was finally able to grab the student and stopped the teacher from beating the child. Riley was arrested and held on $50,000 bail.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Other international suicide helplines can be found at

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