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Special Education Teacher Commits Suicide after Being Questioned for Inappropriate Contact with Students

JANESVILLE, Wis. (Channel 3000) - A special education teacher and tennis coach committed suicide Saturday night after being interviewed by Janesville police about inappropriate contact with female students, officials said to Channel 3000.

He was a special education teacher at Franklin Middle School and a high school tennis coach, officials said.

Justin Long, 30-years-old, was accused of kissing students and sending inappropriate pictures.

Janesville police officers interviewed Long Saturday afternoon about inappropriate contact with female students, officials said to Channel 3000. He reportedly drove directly to a gun store, bought a gun and shot himself around 9:40 p.m.

Police said they found a suicide note, and when they attempted a high-risk traffic stop after finding his vehicle, he committed suicide.

Janesville School District officials said to Channel 3000 they became aware of the investigation Saturday afternoon.

Janesville School District Director of Human Services Steve Sperry said Long would have been put on paid leave Monday.

Janesville police said charges had not been filed, but they would have been felony charges.

Officials would not say if the students involved were special education students or on the tennis team, but they did say both victims were under 18.

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