A letter sent out to Fannin Middle School parents, and posted to their website, earlier today confirms teacher Tim Mohler committed suicide earlier this week and that he was under criminal investigation for “possible inappropriate relationships with students” at the time he died.

They say upon learning of the allegations, the school district took “immediate action, began working with the authorities and placed the teacher on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.”

AISD officials say Mohler had not taught at Fannin this school year.

The letter is signed by principal Nathan Culwell. In the letter, he says he understands the need to grieve, but warns about students paying tribute to the teacher. In the letter, he says research shows “such tributes may unintentionally suggest suicide as an option to impressionable young students. For this reason, AISD will not sponsor or participate in any form of memorial activity on school facilities.”

In the letter, Culwell writes if you have any concerns about your child, or another child, please contact AISD at 806-326-1002 or the Amarillo Police Department at 806-378-3038.   

It’s important for us to note we don’t normally report suicides. However, we do report suicides when there is a public element.

In this case, it’s a teacher under investigation for having inappropriate relationships with students. Mohler’s suicide essentially ends the criminal investigation against him.