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TX- Teacher kills himself after sex allegations

1-2-2007 Texas:

An English teacher committed suicide days after he resigned from his job at Clark High School amid allegations of sexual impropriety with a student, a district official said.

The body of Tommy Ford, 60, was discovered Sunday in a duplex in the 7000 block of Glen Mist. He had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to the Bexar County medical examiner's office.

His body was decomposed, though investigators could not pinpoint how long he had been dead, the medical examiner's office said.

On Dec. 14, a 17-year-old male student and his family alleged Ford had engaged in "inappropriate conduct of a sexual nature" with the teen, said Pascual Gonzalez, spokesman for the Northside Independent School District. Ford was put on administrative leave with pay the same day, and an internal district investigation was launched.

On Dec. 21, Ford resigned. Gonzalez couldn't say if his suicide was linked to the incident, but he added the investigation was incomplete at the time of Ford's death.

Ford had been an English teacher at Clark since 1978 and had been with the school district since 1968, according to his Web site.

School counselors already were preparing to help students returning from their winter vacation grip with both their teacher's passing and the death of Clark senior Cassandra Hicks.

Hicks died in a traffic accident Dec. 26 on a two-lane highway near Sweetwater, southwest of Lubbock. ..more.. by Vianna Davila, Express-News

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