According to court documents, Chelsea Cook, 32, shot her ex-husband’s girlfriend, Lisa Williams, 26, in front of their 3-year-old twins.
Cook taught health at Skyridge High School in Lehi.
“I never could have seen this happening,” Kaleb Latimer, a senior at Skyridge said.
After taking Cook’s class, he agreed to be her teacher’s assistant.
“I was in her class almost every day for two years,” he said, “She was my favorite teacher. She was one of the classes I would look forward to going to.”
Latimer is struggling with the news of her arrest. He said Cook confided in him about her failed marriage.
“Before her divorce, you could tell she was super happy all the time and when she got divorced, she missed a couple days of class, which she never really did, and after that it was just kind of different, I guess,” he said.
On Monday, the Alpine School District brought in extra counselors to talk with students.
“We’re telling them the information that’s already been shared: That yes, one of your teachers has been arrested and charged with aggravated murder,” said Kimberly Bird, assistant superintendent.
The district sent out the following notice to parents via email:
“Of course my reaction was shock,” Mike Jensen said. His daughter is in Cook’s health class this year.
“I think there’s probably a little bit of real world hitting them, just as students who probably hear about tragic events and never really hits that close to home and this one does hit close to home,” Jensen said.
Despite confusion, Latimer said he’s still concerned for Cook’s well-being.
“I want to know what drove her to do it,” he said, “I just hope that she does OK wherever she ends up.”
The Alpine School District said Cook has been terminated. They will have a substitute teacher fill her position until they can hire a new health teacher.