Disneyland suicide: Huntington Beach principal dies by jumping from parking structure at Disneyland
The elementary school principal at a Huntington Beach school is dead after jumping off a parking structure at Disneyland, authorities say.
On Saturday, Christopher Christensen, 51, passed away. It was reported to Anaheim Police that a call was made to a Disneyland parking structure shortly before 9 o’clock that night. Upon arrival, police discovered the body of a guy. On Sunday, the Orange County Coroner identified the man as Christensen. Authorities have determined that Christensen committed suicide.
Christensen was the principal at William T. Newland Elementary School in Huntington Beach, commencing this school year. He spent 22 years working for the Fountain Valley School District, mostly as a principal; he oversaw Roch Courreges Elementary, Fulton Middle, and the defunct Moiola K-8 School.
Fountain Valley School District Superintendent Katherine Stopp wrote in an email to parents and staff that “Mr. Christensen has been a respected leader in FVSD for over 20 years, His contributions to this community are immeasurable. He was a father, husband, brother, and friend to so many. His passing leaves us devastated and heartbroken.”
In a statement on his Facebook page, Christensen stated that he had been put on administrative leave from his employment after a recent fight with his wife “landed me in jail that night.”
Christensen pleaded not guilty to two counts of violence and one count of endangering a child. On Monday he was scheduled to appear in court.
“…Please remember me for all the good I brought to the world of education,” , he said.
Christensen is survived by his wife and four children