In the News: Chicago Board of Ed Commits Suicide

By: Tiffani Haynes

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Earlier this morning police found Chicago Board of Education President Michael Scott, 60, floating in the Chicago River.

A Chicago medical examiner confirmed that Scott shot himself with a .380-caliber gun hours before and fell into the river. According to Fox News, after disappearing from his home Sunday and receiving a tip, emergency responders pulled Scott out of the river around 4: 30 a.m.

While many Chicago public figures sent their condolences and spoke of Scott, none mentioned any anguish or motives for his suicide. In fact, Rev. Jesse Jackson arrived on the scene around 7:30 a.m. and said he’d spoke to Scott recently and he didn’t seem upset or troubled. Jackson and Scott spoke of the recent death of a Chicago public school student.

Others shared their sadness over Scott’s death.

According to Fox News, “I am shocked and saddened by the sudden death of my friend and colleague Michael Scott,” U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a statement. “Michael cared passionately about public education and made many courageous decisions as president of the Board. He gave his time, energy and talents to improving the life chances of children. Chicago has lost a great leader, and the city’s school children have lost a devoted champion. I extend my deepest condolences to his wife and family.”

Scott’s family released a statement earlier today.

“Our personal loss is also shared by many throughout Chicago, the home he loved so much,” his family said. “We will miss him greatly. Arrangements for a public memorial service will be announced shortly.”

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