Principal Dennis Reeves of Kirbyville High School got ultimatum about alleged affair before suicide
Kirbyville High School Principal Dennis Reeves killed himself after resigning from his position. Picture: Supplied
A HIGH school principal in Texas who committed suicide last week was given an ultimatum to resign or be fired during a meeting just before his death that left him visibly shaken, according to a new report.
The New York Post reports that investigators believe Dennis Reeves, 45, of Evadale, killed himself inside his truck outside Kirbyville High School on May 23.
US principal Dennis Reeves was reportedly forced to resign over an affair. Picture: Facebook
Reeves — principal at the school for the past three years — had just wrapped up a meeting with two administrators and was given the choice between stepping down or losing his job over an alleged affair with his secretary, sources told KFDM.
That revelation contradicts what Kirbyville Superintendent Tommy Wallis has said publicly about the meeting, downplaying reports that Reeves was fired before he killed himself in the school’s parking lot, KFDM reports.
In a statement to police, Superintendent Tommy Wallis said he and Assistant Superintendent Georgia Sayers had met with the female employee on May 23 when she claimed to have had an affair with Reeves.
“She stated the relationship began as a friendship and it turned into a romantic affair,” Mr Wallis told police. “She stated Mr Reeves told her that if their relationship was uncovered he would kill himself.”
“He immediately stated he was resigning in lieu of the investigation,” Mr Wallis told police. “When signing the resignation, he was (visibly) shaken. While signing his name, his hands were shaking.”
A staff meeting was to be held overnight at the school to address Reeves’ death, according to the station.
Mr Wallis and Ms Sayers told the station last week they met with Reeves for a routine procedural meeting, including items on summer school and staffing patterns. But sources told KFDM that he was given a choice to resign or be terminated based on allegations against him.
Principal Dennis Reeves and his wife, Tammy. Picture: Facebook Kirbyville High School principal Dennis Reeves had been in the top job for three years. Picture: Supplied
Mr Wallis declined comment when reached by KFDM, referring inquiries to police.
“The district has co-operated with all agencies and extend our thoughts and prayers to the family of Mr. Reeves,” Mr Wallis told the station in a statement.
Calls seeking comment from the Kirbyville Police Department and the Kirbyville Consolidated ISD were not immediately returned Tuesday.
Funeral services for Reeves were held Friday in Silsbee.
If you are experiencing mental health issues or suicidal feelings contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or BeyondBlue 1300 224 636. If it is an emergency call 000.