Teacher Chooses Disneyland to Commit Suicide
According to police, an elementary school principal committed suicide at Disneyland after he was charged with child endangerment and battery.
Christopher Christensen, the principal of William T. Newland Elementary School in Huntington Beach, jumped off the Mickey & Friends parking structure of the park.
The principal had been charged with misdemeanor charges and was scheduled to appear in court on Monday, but he never showed, taking his life instead.
Christensen left a Facebook post on Saturday explaining why he was committing suicide and blamed an “extremely flawed” legal system. He revealed that he had been privately married to a woman named Marlena for three and a half years. He claimed that Marlena called the police after a “heated argument” and that he was falsely accused of hitting her two daughters.
He said that he had never hit them or Marlena. Christensen added, “It’s sickening how quickly and easily an innocent man can be thrown in jail based on zero evidence or proof!”
He went on to claim that he was on administrative leave and on the verge of losing his job because of the charges.
“I think it’s safe to say that Marlena truly regrets making that call, because the events of that night have completely unraveled both of our lives,” he added.
Christensen had pleaded not guilty to both counts.
“Mr. Christensen has been a respected leader in FVSD for over 20 years,” read a statement issued by the Fountain Valley School 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.”
Numerous other people have committed suicide at the popular theme park over the years.
He is survived by his wife, three children, and two stepchildren.