Olathe East teacher takes own life, is found in field - KCTV5 News

Olathe East teacher takes own life, is found in field

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(Via Olathe East High School's website) (Via Olathe East High School's website)
DE SOTO, KS (KCTV) -

A former Olathe East High School teacher was found dead on Thursday night in a field in De Soto.

John Derby, 46, was a subject in a police investigation according to the authorities. The Overland Park police are continuing that investigation. 

The sheriff’s office has confirmed that his wounds were self-inflicted and that he took his own life.

According to the school district’s website, Derby taught jewelry, metals, and ceramics in the art department.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or considering harming yourself, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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