Winnipeg’s Pembina Trails School Division confirms: Students find body during community cleanup

Winnipeg’s Pembina Trails School Division confirms: Students find body during community cleanup

Winnipeg’s Pembina Trails School Division (PTSD) confirmed to CTV News this week that a group of students found a body during their community cleanup.

Winnipeg’s Pembina Trails School

 

The body was found by Grade 7 and 8 students on the west side of Tim Sale Drive and south of Waverley Street. They were immediately sent back to school and a letter was sent to their parents. Police were also called to the scene.

A group of middle-school students in Winnipeg came across a dead body in a field during a class exercise on Friday.

Pembina Trails School Division superintendent Ted Fransen said students involved in a community cleanup day at École South Pointe School were doing service education when they came across the body in a field across from the school.

Administration then sent a letter out to the school community to notify parents of what occurred, he said.

“In this case, the school administration clearly and correctly believe that the entire school community should become aware of it,” Fransen said.

“It just happened, and so I’ve not been informed of how kids are doing. I can only imagine that those who were the closest to the situation would be quite traumatized by it.”

Winnipeg’s Pembina Trails School

Officers and investigators worked on the other side of this fence Friday afternoon where the body was found.(Justin Fraser/CBC)

Fransen said police are investigating but he has no knowledge of what’s been discovered so far.

Const. Claude Chancy with the public information office says an autopsy will be conducted in the coming days to determine the identity and the cause of the death.

Chancy said the body was that of an adult, but can’t confirm their race or sex at this time.

The investigation is ongoing.

École South Pointe School guidance counsellors, resource teachers and division psychologists will be on hand first thing Monday to support students troubled by the finding, said Fransen.

Winnipeg police told CTV News officers are investigating and the school division said they would no longer comment on the incident.

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