Chicago Board of Education President Commits Suicide


The Chicago Board of Education president was found dead on Nov. 16 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to police. A suicide note was not found, according to police.

Michael Scott, 60, was found on the shore of the Chicago River with a .380-caliber gun near his body, reports Fox News. The Cook County Medical Examiner has ruled Scott’s death a suicide; however, police are still investigating the death to rule out foul play. Sources close to Scott, including Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, said Scott did not seem suicidal. (Click here to read an announcement from Education Secretary Arne Duncan.)

Reports from the Chicago Sun-Times said Scott was recently subpoenaed by a federal grand jury that was investigating how students were selected for an elite enrollment high schools. Scott was serving a second term as School Board president.

The school district was recently in the national spotlight after a 16-year-old honor student was beaten to death outside his Chicago school.

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