A man who jumped to his death at Disneyland was a school principal due in court Monday on child endangerment and battery charges — which he blasted in a suicide note on social media.
The jumper was identified by authorities as Christopher Christensen, 51, who had been the principal of Huntington Beach elementary schools for 22 years, the Los Angeles Daily News reported.
Court records show he was due in court for a pretrial hearing Monday on the two misdemeanor charges — which he directly blamed for his suicide in a lengthy Facebook post just before jumping from the Mickey & Friends parking garage.
“I hate it when people leave this earth with so many unanswered questions. So I hope this gives some insight and perspective,” the proud one-time “Administrator of the Year” told his Facebook friends in a calm tone.
In the note, he introduced friends to “my wife, Marlena,” and wrote, “Yes, you heard me right. Most of you don’t know this, but we got married privately 3 ½ years ago.
“Marlena and I love and adore each other and our relationship has been amazing … until recently,” he wrote alongside photos of them on their wedding day.
“Unfortunately, she and I got into a heated argument at home in front of the girls two weeks ago,” he explained, admitting that “tempers flared and strong words were exchanged.”
“But I never in this exchange hit, slapped or hurt Marlena in any way. Nor did I ever touch the girls (I never have and never will),” he stressed, saying he loved the girls “like my own.”
“Unfortunately, Marlena’s anger got the best of her that night and she called the police, who took me to jail that night. Yes me! A man who has never hit or hurt ANYONE in his life!” he wrote.
He claimed that his secret wife “really regrets making that call because the events of that night have completely unraveled both of our lives.”
“I am on the verge of losing my job as I am on administrative leave until my case is ‘settled,'” he wrote of the case, to which court records show he pleaded not guilty at his 22nd arraignment. November.
His wife “knows I would never hurt her or the girls” — and “has tried to clear my name with little success,” he wrote.
“But the legal system is extremely flawed (especially against husbands/fathers) and it’s sick how quickly and easily an innocent man can be thrown in jail based on no evidence or proof!” he hissed.
“So here I am … writing my last FB post to you all,” he wrote.
“I need you all to know that a gentle, kind, loving and genuinely good man has been ruined by one unlucky night. It’s really unfortunate! This is NOT me! This is NOT something I ever thought would happen for me,” he wrote.
His sign-off included a touching tribute to the “past 21+ years” during which he “truly loved educating and leading thousands of students and families as principal” of the Fountain Valley School District.
“Please remember me for all the good I’ve brought to the world of education,” he pleaded, while also thanking other musicians who have performed with him “over the past 30 years.”
“There is so much more I want to say, but I will spend the rest of the day reaching out to those closest to me to tell them how much I love them,” he wrote.
“This is not an ideal way to go out, but at least I get a chance to say some last words to those that I love and adore,” said Christensen, who had three grown children from a previous relationship as well as three stepchildren. according to the LA Daily News.
“Take care everyone. Be nice, be nice to each other! Treat each other with kindness and grace,” he wrote.
“There is too much anger in the world and people need to start treating each other better. What I have shared with you above is a prime example of how ‘anger’ can really have long lasting and extremely damaging effects on a person’s life, ” he finished on the tragic note.
Orange County Superior Court records do not detail the exact allegations against Christensen.
The alleged acts occurred on November 15, and Christensen posted $10,000 bail and was released on November 17. He then pleaded not guilty to child endangerment and battery at his November 22 arraignment.
Before his death, he had been principal of Courreges Elementary School for more than 11 years, his LinkedIn showed.
“Our hearts are so broken. We love you Mr. C and we will miss you so much,” the school’s PTA wrote early Monday.
If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or experiencing a mental health crisis and live in New York City, call 1-888-NYC-WELL for free and confidential crisis counseling. If you live outside the five boroughs, you can call the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or go to SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.