Extra counselors are at Howell L. Watkins Middle School on Monday, days after Corey Perry, a former teacher wanted on federal child pornography charges, shot and killed himself in a Nashville, Tenn., hotel.
Palm Beach County School officials said the counselors are at the Palm Beach Gardens school for students and staff, if needed.
Corey Perry, 33, was wanted by the FBI for producing child pornography that may have included some of his students. Perry was a well-regarded teacher at the school and was nominated this year for a Dwyer award, given to the district’s top teachers.
Perry spent weeks on the run before being approached by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents Friday afternoon at the Delux Inn in Nashville, the city where he grew up. He shot himself in the head and later died at Skyline Medical Center in an “apparent suicide,” according to Nashville police and the FBI.
It remains unclear how investigators found Perry at the hotel in east Nashville, about three miles northeast of the city’s downtown. Neither the FBI nor the Palm Beach County School District would say what triggered the investigation. West Palm Beach police and the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office were also involved.
The FBI had offered a $25,000 reward to find Perry.
Staff reporter Hannah Winston contributed to this report.