No one knows why the principal of a Texas high school resigned from his job on Tuesday afternoon and then got into his vehicle, which was parked on school grounds, and committed suicide with a gun.
Kirbyville High School Principal Dennis Reeves, 45, met with administrators Tuesday afternoon to submit his resignation, according to officials, who say that afterwards, he walked out of the meeting to his truck and then used a .380-caliber semiautomatic pistol to end his own life.
Superintendent Tommy Wallis had attended the meeting with Reeves. “We had several things to discuss,” Wallis told reporters, noting that school had already let out for the summer, so no students were in the area. “We called the meeting to visit with him about a couple of things – summer school, staffing patterns, several things to discuss.”
After the meeting, Wallis saw Reeves in his truck and called police to check on him. Kirbyville Police found the father of two dead in the truck with the engine still running and his foot on the brake.
Family and friends expressed shock, saying that Reeves gave no signs that he was unhappy. “There’s nothing that indicated that he would do this,” said Reeves’ brother-in-law, Trey Ainsworth. “We don’t know of anything.” Police said that Reeves left no note and didn’t say a word to anyone.
Ainsworth also mentioned that Reeves was popular with students, parents and staff. “It’s kind of a shock to everyone,” he said. “Everybody loved Dennis. He was a great guy. It seemed like in recent years he was like citizen of the year in Kirbyville. The kids loved him, and his teachers loved him, too.”
According to his obituary, Reeves had worked at Kirbyville High School for three years. An avid deer hunter, he enjoyed camping with his wife, Tammy Kelley Reeves, and their two sons, Austin and Dylan.
“Dennis loved watching his boys play football at KHS and watching the Dallas Cowboys,” said his obituaary. “He loved restoring old tools and rescuing and refinishing driftwood.”
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