A sixth grade teacher stormed out of a school after a heated phone conversation and stabbed herself to death in a Holiday Inn bathroom stall, according to a police source.
Amy Persky Newman, 48, sustained stabs wounds to her throat, chest and arms, and died at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
Newman, a mother-of two, is reported to have had a heated telephone conversation yesterday morning before she left South Philadelphia’s Francis Scott Key Elementary School, where she had taught for twenty years.
Just minutes later, one of the conference’s attendees notified hotel staff that she saw blood coming from the stall.
Hotel staff found that the stall was locked and when it was opened they discovered Newman, who had a steak knife and scissors at her feet.
Newman, from Newtown, Bucks County, was taken to hospital in a critical condition just after 8am, but after undergoing surgery she was pronounced dead at 3:40 p.m.
Shortly after she died, investigators found what appeared to be a suicide note at the school, the source said.
Crime scene investigators interviewed her husband before determining that she likely killed herself, reports NBC Philadelphia.
Newman’s Facebook profile page shows her happily smiling with her two teenage children and a man thought to be her husband.
One of her posts talks about how she ‘can’t wait for summer,’ while another states: ‘Home after a fabulous trip with my awesome daughter.’
Students have expressed their sorrow and shock at the math teacher’s death on social media