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Friday, September 20, 2013

Update, Revisions on Smethport Situation

A former teacher at Smethport Area Junior-Senior High posted on Facebook Thursday night and early Friday morning that he was going to kill himself, which led district officials to have “safety concerns” and call for a police presence at the schools.

Former physics teacher Christopher Swanson was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on the campus of Mercyhurst University at about 7:15 this morning. The Erie County coroner says he died sometime between 2 and 4 a.m. His last Facebook post was at about 3 a.m.

Swanson had been fired near the end of the last school year for allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a student.

Police and school district officials say they took precautionary measures and had a police presence at the schools this morning, but believe there was no cause for alarm.

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Anonymous said...

If there was no cause for alarm, why was the chief of police and two state cops and a mandatory staff meeting?

Anne said...

Reviewing what they knew and deciding how to best handle the situation.