Principal commit suicide amid criminal investigation into sexual contact with student

A3, the Academy of Arts and Academics in Springfield, Oregon. (SBG)

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A school principal in Springfield, Oregon who committed suicide Thursday was under investigation for having sexual contact with a student, according to police.

Michael Fisher, principal of the Academy of Arts and Academics, was found dead in his garage Thursday.

Springfield Police placed the school under modified lockdown on Wednesday as part of the sexual assault investigation.

The same day, school officials said Fisher had been placed on administrative leave.

It's been a difficult week for the Academy of Arts and Academics. The Springfield School District is now rallying around students and staff as they process this loss.

KVAL News was told that the district's Crisis Intervention Team immediately stepped in, and that A3 is still on their scheduled break.

On Friday, the district opened the school, giving students, parents and staff a place to gather and grieve together with trained support.

"This school is, I don't know -- it's not going to be the same anymore," said Casandra Gardner, a student at A3. "I don't know how to feel. It hurts."

Fisher had been with the Springfield School District since 1999. He helped create the Academy of Arts and Academics in 2006, and served as the principal there ever since.

Springfield Police expect to release more information on the ongoing criminal investigation in the next week.

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