But one person, reporter Matt Driscolll at the Tacoma News Tribune, wanted to know more. He wrote this piece that appeared this week,
This kindergarten teacher was fired for being drunk. Three months later, she was dead.
It's a beautiful story, written with compassion. It's about how every single person has a story especially beyond their death.
Klara’s story, on the other hand, is one with trauma and addiction at its center. Like roughly 17 million people in the United States, she battled alcoholism. Unlike most, however, Klara’s struggle was very public.
It’s a struggle that ended in early June, when she took her own life. She was 33.
“I begged reporters not to use her name … even though they had the right to do so,” recalls Tacoma Public Schools spokesman Dan Voelpel. “While her actions meant she could no longer teach for us, she did not deserve to be publicly shamed.”
In deciding to share their late daughter’s story, Klara’s parents hope to inspire difficult — but needed — conversations about how we view alcoholism and addiction.