The death of a longtime band director at Rancho Cucamonga’s Los Osos High School has brought forth mixed emotions of sadness and anger. The campus continues to struggle with the suicide Dr. Sam Andress.
The former director of the marching band, as well as the jazz band, at the Rancho Cucamonga school, was accused on Tuesday after a parent called the school resource officer with an accusation that Andress might have been engaging in an online relationship with a minor.
“They did an investigation into these allegations, and they determined there was an online conversation on an internet dating site, however, the preliminary investigation showed them that Mr. Andress believed he was communicating with an adult, therefore there was no crime that occurred,” explained Cindy Bachman of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
As the investigation was carried out, the school informed the band director of what was taking place, early Wednesday he announced his resignation and later that day was found dead at his home.
“The coroner responded and determined there was no foul play involved and ruled the death as a suicide,” Bachman said.
A statement was given by the Rancho Cucamonga school district superintendent saying: His passing has created a sense of inconsolable loss – especially within the band community and for staff members who knew and worked with him.”
The quick response of the band director raises many questions among the Rancho community, yet the sheriff’s department considers the case closed.