Gretchen Ann Kronhfeldt, 47, of Colorado, shot and killed herself in front of police who had come to her home to arrest her for an alleged relationship she was having with a student.
The mother of three was accused of having a sexual relationship with a student, although no word yet on who that student was, or how old they were. Kronhfeldt was an eighth grade science teacher at the school. The relationship had reportedly been witnessed by at least one other faculty member, which is what caused police to come to the woman’s house and interview her.
Students were told that Kronhfeldt passed away suddenly, and were offered grief counseling.
The Daily Mail reports:
Gretchen Ann Kronhfeldt, 47, was pronounced dead in her Arvada home at around 1pm. There was no immediate word on her cause and manner of death.
CBS Denver reported, citing unnamed police sources, that the eighth-grade social studies teacher at Drake Middle School took her own life as police officers were approaching her home to interview her about the alleged affair.
The alleged suicide was reportedly witnessed by at least one law enforcement official.
On Monday, Krohnfeldt was placed on administrative leave after a resource officer at Drake Middle School received a tip that the veteran educator had a tryst with a former student, who was now in high school.
According to a statement put out by the Arvada Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the initial report was made by a Drake staffer.
The local CBS station reported that the school employee claimed to have seen Kronhfeldt engage in unspecified inappropriate behavior with the male student months prior, but the staffer only came forward about it this week.
After getting the report, the principal of the school immediately contacted the local police and the sheriff’s office, who dispatched officers to the school to search Kronhfeldt’s classroom, which was temporarily sealed off.
According to Kronhfeldt’s now-defunct biography page on Drake’s website, she was a native of Arvada and had been teaching in Jefferson County since 1993.
She had taught social studies, English language arts and reading intervention.
On Tuesday, the school sent home a letter to students informing them that Krohnfeldt ‘has suddenly passed away.’
‘Our hearts go out to her family at this painful time, and I know many will feel this loss deeply,’ the statement read, in part.