LA Times Implicated in Teacher Suicide

A South Gate teacher at Miramonte Elementary School who had been missing for several days was found dead over the weekend after committing suicide. Friends and family say the recent teacher evaluation report published in the LA Times may have played a role.

“He kept saying that there’s stress at work,” Ruelas’ brother, Alejandro told KABC.

The Times’ “value-added” rating suggested Ruelas was slightly “less effective” than average as a teacher.

“UTLA is outraged at the Los Angeles Times,” United Teachers Los Angeles president A.J. Duffy said in a statement. “We predicted there would be problems.”

Wow, a little early to start politicizing the suicide of one of your own, no? The autopsy hasn’t even been concluded.

“We understand that the sheriff’s department is currently investigating Mr. Ruelas death. We extend our sympathy to his family,” a Times spokesperson told KABC in response to Duffy’s statement.