PANAMA CITY, Fla. — The burly, bipolar man who held a Florida school board at gunpoint was frustrated and broke. He was a troubled former convict with an interest in anarchy, and when his wife was fired from her teaching job and their benefits ran out, he went to the board meeting and said he was prepared to die.
Clay Duke killed himself Tuesday after firing at the board members, missing them by inches, and exchanging gunfire with a security guard. Yesterday, his wife tearfully called the 56-year-old father a “gentle giant.’’
Police said the attack was not a spur of the moment idea. They found Dec. 14 circled on a calendar in his home.