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Friday, September 20, 2013

Former Teacher That Caused Safety Concerns At Smethport School Today Found Dead At Erie College

Smethport PD has confirmed that it was former teacher Chris Swanson who caused the "safety concerns" at the school, but that he took his own life at Mercyhurst. They did take "precautionary measures" this morning, but the threat was already alleviated well before students arrived at the schools.

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The Erie County Coroner says Chris Swanson killed himself between 2 and 4 a.m.

36 comments :

Anonymous said...

thoughts and prayers are with the families involved!

Anonymous said...

How about thoughts and prayers for the children he didn't get to hurt or kill!

Anonymous said...

I believe the comment said all families involved. Would that not include the children..... the parents, his family. Don't be so quick to judge. When things like this happen it effects a lot of people in manh different ways.

Anonymous said...

He would have never hurt another child or person. He lived a dark lonely life and intended to only take his own life. Yes it caused an uproar but please still try to have respect. Mr. Swanson was a very smart educated teacher. I hope he found his peace.

Anonymous said...

How was it resolved before our kids got there I am so sure that when they found him this morning at a little after 7 that they knew right away who he was and called Smethport school right up NOT

Anonymous said...

You guys have no consideration at all about his family! What would it be like if your family member committed suicide over children at an old school? What about his family! What about him! The poor guy had to take his own life to get away from everything with the kids! Those kids twisted everything he said! Hope he finds his peace! The family of the man is in my thoughts and prayers!

Anonymous said...

Cruel people. Selfish people. That's what you are.

Anonymous said...

While i agree that what he threatened to do was cruel and disgusting, no one should EVER feel pushed to commit suicide. there is help for people who are lonely and feel that way. for those people who say he deserved it, you are sick! death is death, no matter how it happens, and someone is always hurt by it. Prayers to the families involved

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry if this seems insensitive but I'm curious to know what it was he posted on facebook that was so threatening they felt the need to have the police at the high school.

Anonymous said...

The police were called the night before because nobody knew where he was. Just a precaution. No matter what the schools do, there's someone ready to jump in and say it was the wrong thing to do. If one is unstable enough to take his own life, no telling what he would do to the people he thought did him wrong.

Anonymous said...

He didn't post anything about a threat towards others. It was him crying out for help and letting people know what he was going to do to himself. Its very sad to read and to know how badly he was hurting. But it never once mentioned children or harming others. And nothing about the smethport schools. His love for a certain person and not being able to be with them was tearing him apart. I feel horrible for his family and people who knew him. Its sad that someone would go to the extreme of taking there own life over love. But it happens all the time. There is no need for rude comments whatever the situation might be. His fiamily and friends probably read the post on this site. So people should be a little more considerate.

Anonymous said...

He never threatened the high school. He only threatened to kill himself. However he was unstable and school officials feared he would retaliate before killing himself.

Izar Talon said...

This is horrifying! Chris was one of my best friends for many years, spending at least a day or two a week at my house. Even after he got the job at Smethport and moved away he would still come to Clearfield every week to play D&D and run BattleTech games for us.

But one day a few years ago he just never showed up for the game, and we never heard from him again. Ever since then I have thought of him frequently, wondering how he was.

I'm shocked and horrified about this, and wish I had known what had been going on in his life.

I will miss him badly.

-Aaron

Anonymous said...

The person above that made comment that people twisted his words like he did nothing wrong. Seriously did you read any of his post. When ever an adult does something of this nature with a child it is not right. I pray for all involved but it is sad when children are not safe at school.

Anne said...

As other posters have said, the Facebook threats he made were not actually against the school district. He had threatened to kill himself. But, I assume, because he had been fired from the school district, officials had what they said were "safety concerns." His last Facebook post was at about 3 a.m.

Anonymous said...

Some of the people that post things in this blog disgust me. Have some respect. The man was troubled. Everyone has their problems. He took his own life. I feel bad for this community. You people are downright awful

Anonymous said...

Rumors run rampant in a small town. I read Chris Swansons blog this morning before it was taken down. Not once did he threaten anyone. He stated how heart broken and depressed he was and that he was done with it. My children and their friends talked very highly of him when they had him as a teacher. The haters need to stop. He had NO intention of hurting anyone but himself.... If he was truly deranged, he would have taken people out with him.... If you didn't know him, stop feeding into the rumors.... let him rest.

Brad Swanson said...

This is his brother Brad. My brother was a genius who lived for science and physics and for teaching. He would have never takin any other life. He was not crazy!!! I miss him greatly. You do not know him. Keep your rude, hateful comments to yourselves.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Swanson was an amazing teacher, he was brilliant and made learning fun. He was a wonderful person and the science and physics world will never be the same let alone the world itself. Brad Swanson... I'm very sorry for your loss he was a great man and far from crazy. I understand concerns for your children as a parent myself i probably would have panicked too, but do you all not understand he was someones child too? While his name is being drug through the mud and his family isn't being thought of with all the hurtful rude and rotten comments. What if it was your child everyone was talking about like this? I believe he is not the only guilty party in all this.

Anonymous said...

Where do I begin.

A.) This man was an AMAZING teacher. Many educators were asked to observe him because he was able to make a very difficult subject fun to learn.

B.) He NEVER threatened any child just himself.

C.) The relationship he had with a student--while unethical--was NOT criminally illegal (which is why he was never under arrest).

D.) The relationship he had with a 17 year old student was consensual, even though it was unethical. It was never sexual in a physical sense.


E.) Even if he DID have a consensual sexual relationship with the 17 year old student (which he did not) this is not illegal in Pennsylvania where the age of consent if 16 (simply google "age of consent in PA to verify this). It is, however, unethical for a teacher to have this with a student in his/her care.

F.) This is not a story of a predatory monster; It was the tragic tale of a man who wanted to have a wife and family, but at the age of 41 never had a chance. The first female to give him attention and meet his emotional needs caused him to go into a downward spiral when she ended it. What person falling in love hasn't done this after a break-up? NO--I'm NOT justifying a teacher/student relationship. But, I will keep emphasizing--this is not a CRIMINAL act (if it was consensual), just an ETHICAL act that would require him to be stripped of his teaching certificate.

Rest in Peace Chris. As a Smethport resident who saw you work with your students many times, I only wish I wouldn't known you better to help you. If we only knew we could've helped you find a match. Now, it saddens me and many others that your life has ended with such hopelessness.

Anonymous said...

Chris was a great teacher who inspired two of my children who were taught by him to get college degrees in accounting and engineering, He was a good man that was minipulated and destroyed by people with evil intentions. I cried when I found out what happened and read his site online, I had no idea this was going on, and if I had, I would have gone to Chris and talked with him in hopes of helping him to move on. It is not easy to find love, and when you do after so long searching, it seemed his pain was to much to bear. RJ and the School board should be charged with manslauter for what they did to him. I saw the texts and Chris's post, she minipulated him in true Jesuitry style.

Anonymous said...

Amen Brad! I am sorry for your lose and he was a true inspiration to my children who were his students. I pray that God will forgive him for what he was driven to do by others who have been heartless and minipulative in this matter.

Anonymous said...

Brad, our heart goes out to your family. It is just so very sad and a needless tragedy. Our son had your brother as a teacher and said he was the best teacher he had ever had.

Pissed Off Parent said...

I am a parent of a Mercyhurst student. While my thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Chris I personally am angry. He was an adult. He made a choice to end his life in a way that affected many young students when all they were doing was getting an education. MCU is a peaceful, beautiful campus that he tainted with the ultimate selfish act. Ok, so maybe someone broke his heart, as the adult and teacher he should have never gone there regardless of his feelings, clearly he wasn't emotionally stable enough to handle a normal relationship, let alone one with a kid. Nothing is consensual between a 40 something teacher and a student. Regardless of anything all these posters try to pin on her she was too young and inexperienced in life to be blamed, even if she was manipulative or whatever it changes nothing. As a high school teacher he should know all kids that age still have a lot of growing up to do and an affair with a man old enough to be their father is not what any person in power over students should be offering. Does not matter what she said or did, he needed to walk away. One last thing, my child did not need to walk by blood pools three weeks into freshman year, thank God no student found him first. And shame on that school for not finding the body for hours. Nice security they have there.

Anonymous said...

My daughter had Mr. Swanson for a teacher & I know that he was an amazing teacher & mentor to many students! It breaks my heart that there are so many cruel people who find it necessary to say such horrible things about a great man!ALL my thoughts & prayers go out to his family....I have held my daughter as she cried tears of sadness over this!He will be greatly missed



















Anonymous said...

Mr. Swanson had impacted so many of his students lives positively, and sadly, that's the side not many want to see. He was extremely smart and kind hearted, and would help anyone with anything at school. So many students will remember how he never gave up on anyone. I sat down last night, called my mom, and cried because the world is making him out to be a preditor, and he was the farthest thing from that. Prayers to his family and friends, several of his students are trying to pass on the truth of a great man, who fell into tragedy.

agree with pissed mom said...

The truth isn't cruel. Suicide IS selfish. People have choices everyday, people hurt, depression is real. That doesn't change the fact that this man undid any good he had done for the kid's you say he impacted by showing them it is ok to kill yourself over a girl, one he had no right to even think about dating. He impacted just as many that had never heard of him by shooting himself at their school and current home. I don't think anyone is saying horrible things about a great man, they are saying them about a coward who had a three hour drive to take one second to think of others first. A great teacher does not have a relationship with a child, period.

Anonymous said...

Wow!Do you people not care that he was somebody's son..somebody's brother...a friend?? What gives any of you the right to think you can say such hateful things?? Put yourselves in his family's shoes...how would you feel if, God forbid, it happened to YOUR child or sibling?? You should be ashamed of yourselves for causing his family more grief by your words!

Anonymous said...

Somebody's friend and brother who took his own life. HE did this. People have a right to be angry, that doesn't make them cruel. My idea of cruel? Driving for hours to do something horrendous close to where someone who hurt you is to teach them a lesson or prove a point. This didn't "happen" to him. He crossed a line as a teacher, his choice. He decided to end his life, again his choice. If this were my family member I would be sad I couldn't help them but angry at them. I agree it is selfish, if that makes me cruel I can handle it. I have prayed for him, his family, those at Mercyhurst every day since this happened. Yes, it is sad. Yes, he was loved. Too bad he didn't think of those people who loved him, too bad they missed the signs and have to live with this for the rest of their lives. I don't think it is hateful to be angry, the same night he killed himself a young Erie man who wanted life died from a horrible disease, too bad the story of the great things he accomplished in his young life was over shadowed by one man's selfishness.

Anonymous said...

Prayers to this man and his family. People are very quick to judge. Quick to judge about his age, his relationship with a student, and being selfish. You can't help who you fall in love with, if people have a hard time believing it then you haven't loved. Just because it was with a student so what! Teachers are humans too they do everything just like everyone else does. Guess what they LOVE... just like every other person in this world. People saying he was selfish taking his own life that's crap. Depression is an illness as you all know it can do so much to a person not just mentally but physically to. The poor man was heart broken. That hurts deep. I guess if you have a heart you'll understand. To the young lady who was the one he cared so much for im sorry for her because she probably feels guilt but she shouldn't. I hope she understands it was her right to make her choice, every one has the right to make their own decisions. Its just sometimes hard for the other party to except it.

Anonymous said...

Please please please people you can help who you fall in love with. Someone above speaks of illegal vs unethical. Sometimes unethical is worse. Anyone that has a teenager knows that they are not capable of making adult decisions. That's why they live at home and go to school at that age. They are not mature enough. This man spoke horrible words and it's clear just by reading what he wrote he was very sick. I too am sorry for family members involved.. But please let's never say it is ok for a teacher to "hang out" with a student in any way. If a teacher is not intelligent enough to know this then we parents need to point out to our children it's not ok to hang out with a 40 something or any adult. This man chose to hurt others as he took himself out. As pissed off mother above says. There was no need to involve the students at Mercyhurst. He found love some of you say? I sure as hell hope no one that wrote that has a daughter. I am sure you wouldn't say that if you did. She was a child. Child. We as adults are here to protect children.

Anonymous said...

I feel obligated to address the commenter who believes he/she knows the Pennsylvania laws on sexual abuse. It is a fact that 16 year olds can give consent, if and only if, the older party is within 3 years of the age of the younger party. As adults, we have an obligation to protect our children....at times, even from themselves.

Anonymous said...

Wow. some of you people are UNREAL! "pissed of parent" you just shouldnt talk. Age is just a number. my husband is 14 yrs older then i am and he is the most amazing man i have ever met. yes, mr swanson should not of persued that relationship. but it takes two the girl is at fault as well. i mean hello have you people not seen the txts she was sending she is not a child she is a young adult she knew exatcly what she was doing! so before pointing the finger you should look at the whole picture!!!!

Anonymous said...

I do feel very badly for this man and his family, but as a 41 year old man myself, I am repulsed that anyone attempts to blaim his actions on the actions of a 17 year old girl. I have a 14 year old daughter and the mere thought of a man my age being attracted to a minor over twenty years younger than he makes my stomach turn. To make matters even worse, he was placed a position of authority...a position of trust over our children. Anyone who condones or even attempts to condone his actions needs help.

Anonymous said...

Age is a number...??? You obviously have never raised a teenager!!! No one that has known and understood a teenager can say that.. Teens are learning and they are not mature enough to enter a relationship with an adult.

Anonymous said...

Was your husband your teacher?