High school classes cancelled after teacher found dead
School was cancelled Thursday for students at Belleville High School after police officers discovered the body of Social Studies teacher Michael Caulk in his classroom.
The police were notified by Caulk’s family when he didn’t come home Wednesday, Belleville Police Chief Gene Taylor said. Officers were dispatched at approximately 11 p.m., at which point his body was discovered.
“The police officers did a building search and found him in his classroom,” Taylor said.
While Taylor said that it appeared Caulk’s death was the result of natural causes, there is no way to tell anything definite until the scheduled autopsy is completed.
Van Buren Superintendent Michael Van Tassel issued a statement calling Caulk “a committed and dedicated teacher.”
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, his current and former students, and the faculty who worked with him for so many years,” the statement read.
Caulk taught in the district for 10 years.
Pam Johnson, executive assistant to the superintendent, said that since the exams had been scheduled for Thursday students could either get graded only on their third and fourth marking periods or they could make up the exam after school Friday or on Monday.
According to the school’s website, students have until Friday morning to inform their teachers if they plan on taking exams.
Classes will resume as normal on Friday, although there will be counselors on hand for those who need them.
– By Richard Jenkins