Newly released emails and texts reveal more about the relationship between a Texas principal who killed himself under mysterious circumstances last month and the secretary at the center of the drama.
The Kirbyville School District released emails between Dennis Reeves and his then-secretary Marcia Morgan, along with text messages and social media exchanges between Morgan and Reeves’s wife Tammy, who suspected her husband of having an affair with his secretary.
Reeves reportedly shot himself to death in his pickup truck at the Kirbyville High School on May 23, just after offering his resignation in a meeting with the school district superintendent and the assistant superintendent.
As Crime Online previously reported, the school officials called the meeting after Morgan came to them to confess her affair with Reeves. She later said in a media statement that she contacted school authorities about the affair, which she said had ended the year before, because Tammy Reeves was sending her harassing messages.
Morgan was reportedly writing an internal memo detailing her affair with her former boss while Reeves was meeting with the school officials in another building. The Kirbyville School District has refused to release that memo, and Kirbyville police previously told Crime Online they did not seek the memo as part of the investigation because Morgan had not signed it, and therefore it could be not be considered a valid piece of evidence in the death investigation.
The Beaumont Enterprise obtained the released documents, which include an email thread from April 2016, while Morgan was still employed as Reeves’s secretary. In the email exchange, she calls his wife “narcissistic” and complains that Mrs. Reeves was trying to get her fired. The emails do not explicitly confirm any affair took place, and Morgan refers to Mr. Reeves as a “good friend.”
Still, the email exchange, which does not offer much context, indicates some type of personal relationship between the secretary and her boss.
The subject line of the thread, which Morgan appears to have started, is “She Wins”:
“Each time she sends her ‘I win’ to you, she has no idea how true those words are,” Morgan wrote on April 30, 2016. “I know I’ll be fine eventually, but right now … I just don’t want to go on. The next time she goes off on one of her narcissistic rages, please don’t turn to me. I can’t do it anymore.”
Morgan later apologized for calling Mrs. Reeves a narcissist, and the principal asked his secretary in an email why she wants to stay in her job:
“Tell me why you want to stay. I want to know. I want to see it.”
Morgan replied, “What?” to that email, and Reeves wrote back: “Tell me why you want to stay.”
“Because I love working there and I love the people I work with,” Morgan wrote.
“And I know they love me. But if I’m not doing a good job, I’ll leave.”
The documents also include text message exchanges between Morgan and Mrs. Reeves, along with social media posts from Mrs. Reeves that appear to be aimed at Morgan.
In the text messages, Mrs. Reeves indicates she had read the above email exchange, and demands that Morgan “explain herself.” Morgan continued to deny the affair.
As Morgan said in her statement, Mrs. Reeves sent her a message on May 19 of this year:
Three days later — one day before Dennis Reeves died — Mrs. Reeves sent Morgan another message, telling her to “leave my family alone!!!”
It is not clear if Morgan responded.
Morgan appears to have forwarded the April 2016 email exchange to herself on the morning of May 23, the day she said she contacted school officials to report the affair.
The Reeves family attorney Chip Ferguson told the Beaumont Enterprise that he was not satisfied with the extent of the documents released, saying that releasing a “partial compilation of text messages” was “the height of hypocrisy,” given that school district officials had reportedly accused him of sensationalizing the case.
Ferguson was not immediately available for comment.
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