An assistant principal at a Placentia middle school killed himself on the campus Monday, prompting the school to dismiss students early and make counselors available.

Assistant Principal Moises Plascencia killed himself “in a private staff area” on the campus, with no students or other staff present, according to an announcement by Principal Michael Young.

“Words will never be able to express our true sorrow regarding this loss,” Young wrote. “While we may never make sense of nor understand why this occurred, please know how deeply Mr. Plascencia cared for your students, their education, and all of Kraemer Middle School.”

Young said that while classes were canceled for the day, the school will operate on a normal schedule Tuesday.

“The Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District’s team of highly qualified mental health professionals will be on campus to serve and support students, staff, and families,” Young wrote in his message. “Anyone impacted by this incident is encouraged to come to the multipurpose room for mental health support at any time throughout the remainder of the week.”

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