KS-teacher dies after being found unresponsive in the classroom


Topeka High School teacher John Keller died after being found unresponsive in a classroom, officials said.

Topeka High School teacher John Keller died after being found unresponsive in a classroom, officials said.

Topeka High School / Facebook screengrab

A Topeka, Kansas psychology teacher has died after being found unresponsive in a classroom, according to local reports.

“Life-saving measures” were carried out on 40-year-old teacher John Keller after he was found shortly before 8 a.m., reported the WIBW.

“Getting the AED out of the office this morning and giving it to the nurse was a scary start to the day,” said band director Jennifer Antonetti on Facebook. An AED or automated external defibrillator can shock the heart to restore rhythm.

Keller was then pronounced dead at a local hospital, according to the Topeka Capital Journal.

“It is with great sadness that I announce that one of our Topeka High staff members, John Keller, a psychology teacher, has passed away today,” Topeka Public Schools superintendent Tiffany Anderson said in a statement to parents, according to KSNT. “We are all deeply affected by his death and we respect his family’s desire for privacy.”

The teacher was married with three children, KSNT reported.

“He was a really great teacher and that was a tragedy,” wrote Antonetti on Facebook. “… Please show your fellow human beings your love every day, because everyone’s life and situation can change instantly.”

The school district did not immediately respond to a request for comment from McClatchy News.

Kaitlyn Alanis is a McClatchy National Real-Time Reporter based in Kansas. She is an alumna in agricultural communications and journalism from Kansas State University.


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