Coeur d’Alene High School principal commits suicide

UPDATE: There will be no classes Friday at Coeur d’Alene High School. Friday is a scheduled day off for the district because it’s part of spring break.

The district estimates that a couple hundred students, staff, and family members stopped by to talk with counselors Thursday in the wake of the principal’s death.

Classes will resume on April 2.

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The Coeur d’Alene School District said Coeur d’Alene High School Principal Troy Schueller has died from a self-inflicted injury.

The district said Schueller was found at his home; he died at 2:00 Wednesday afternoon at Kootenai Health.

“The school district has activated its Crisis Assistance Team, which will be at Coeur d’Alene High School into this evening and tomorrow,” said a news release. “The school faculty was notified during a meeting after school today.”

School is canceled Thursday for Coeur d’Alene High School. Counselors will be at the school from 7:30 an to 2:30 pm to meet with anyone who needs assistance dealing with the tragedy. Those who visit are asked to enter the school through the gym entrance on the southeast side.

“We extend our deepest condolences to Troy’s family,” the release said. “Please keep them in your thoughts.”

Schueller was named principal in 2016. He has a wife and two children. His wife is also a teacher in the district.

A few district officials released individuals statements on the loss of Schueller.

Casey Morrisroe, Chairman, Board of Trustees: “Troy was a valuable member of our school family and a tremendous person. He had accomplished amazing things at Coeur d’Alene High School during the past two school years, and his smile and leadership will be missed. Beyond that, Troy was a great husband, father and friend. His death is tragic and will leave a hole in our hearts for a long time. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”

Trina Caudle, Director of Secondary Education: “Our community is grieving the loss of our dear friend and colleague. Troy truly, deeply cared about everybody. As principal at Coeur d’Alene High, his top priority was to improve the culture of the school and make sure all students and staff knew they were cared for. We encourage our students to reach out and talk with their loved ones, or come to the school and visit with one of the crisis counselors who are here to help.”

Superintendent Stan Olson: “Words cannot express the sadness that I feel and that is shared by our school board, our staff and our community by this loss. This is a young man that was respected and appreciated by not only our students and staff but by anyone who knew him. Troy was a person who wanted to be a better professional and a better person. He was a person who lived life and had known the joys of life and the difficulties along the way, and anyone who knew him well greatly appreciated him. We will have a substantial representation of counselors at CHS to gather with staff and students. This is a horrific incident that we all need to help each other recover from, and this will not be over in an hour or day or week. It will take time and focus and effort. The district will do all we can. The Post Falls and Lakeland school districts and local community partners have been in touch offering their support, and this is a wonderful testament to Troy Schueller and to the relationship that he established in this community and this region.””