Roseville teacher’s body recovered from Mississippi River

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner on Wednesday, May 29, confirmed that a body found in the Mississippi River near the Ford Dam was Jerome Gordon-Jackson. Gordon-Jackson was a 28-year-old special education assistant in Roseville Area Schools.

A Minnesota State Patrol officer arrested Gordon-Jackson for D.W.I. around bar close on Saturday, May 18.

Just over three hours later he was released from jail and jumped into the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis, according to a Minneapolis police report.

The incident was a shock to the district’s faculty and students.

“Jerome was really a fine young man,” District 623 Superintendent John Thein said. “He had just finished an advanced degree in education with a special focus on helping young people.”

In a message posted on the Roseville Area School’s homepage, Thein wrote: “His personal passion was to provide sound advice, good counsel and wise direction to students of RAHS. No student met Jerome without receiving a strong dose of Mr. Jackson’s special attention which included an update on their life, their plans and if their homework was up-to-date. Jerome cared about his kids … all his kids.”

It is unclear what caused Gordon-Jackson to jump. According to school officials a D.W.I. conviction is not automatic grounds for dismissal.

According to Roseville Area Schools Public Relations Assistant Kathy Englund, incidences such as D.W.I. conviction are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Thein said the school is offering counseling to students in the wake of this tragedy.

—  Joshua Nielsen

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