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Man who died near parking structure in Anaheim identified as OC school principal

ABC7
ABC7
 2022-12-05

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A Southern California school district is mourning the tragic loss of a beloved principal.

The Fountain Valley School District said Chris Christensen, a principal at Newland Elementary School in Huntington Beach, died on Saturday.

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"Mr. Christensen has been a respected leader in FVSD for over 20 years," read a statement issued by the district. "His contributions and connections to this community are immeasurable. He was a father, husband, brother, and friend to so many. His passing leaves us devastated and heartbroken."

According to police, it is not known if he jumped or fell from a parking structure in Anaheim , but police suspect he died by suicide.

Christensen, who was in his 50s, was scheduled to appear in court on Monday after he was recently charged with misdemeanor counts of child endangerment and battery. He pleaded not guilty to both crimes.

According to FVSD, grief counselors will be available at all schools to help students, staff and their families.

"I too am struggling to find adequate words to convey the shock and heartbreak we are all feeling right now," said FVSD Superintendent Katherine Stopp in the district's statement. "I know that we will find a way to come together as a community and care for one another. Let us all show patience to each other as we work through this time in the next days and weeks."

If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts or mental health matters, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 (or just by dialing 988) to connect with a trained counselor or visit the NSPL site .

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Just sayin!
12-05

Regardless of what motive drove this man to end his life, I feel sad for anyone who feels so disconnected from God and their family to do such thing. I do pray his soul is forgiven and he's RIP. More so for his family who are left behind to suffering because of his death.

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mseuss msseuss
12-05

He was troubled and the question is and forever will be is why he couldn't speak to someone about it. For the family structure he has that was struggling prior to this...it will be difficult for them to process the why. We as the public don't know all that is involved but for me, I will pray the family is able to process this day by day. They will need assistance by someone who is familiar with this type of grief. It's pretty shocking and will take a lot of time.

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Ka Rina
12-05

I wonder how soon after making this Facebook post, he committed suicide? It seemed obvious that he was saying his goodbyes why didn’t anyone reach out?

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