SD 57 Superintendent Releases Statement on Kwitzil Lake Tragedy
By 250 News
Prince George, B.C.- School District 57 Superintendent Brian Pepper has issued a statement in the wake of the tragedy at Kwitzil (Gravel Pit) Lake.
Two people died at the site early Sunday morning when the vehicle they were in went into the lake.
Although the names of the victims have not been released, Pepper says the impact of the tragedy will be widespread "We are aware that all six high schools in the City of Prince George will be affected by the events of Sunday morning."
While the party at the lake took place post D.P. Todd prom, and according to police hundreds of people were in attendance, Pepper makes it clear this party was not something sanctioned by School District 57 " The Gravel Pit Lake gathering of school age youth and other young adults was not connected to any parent sponsored prom or grad event, nor was it connected to any school sponsored event. "
Pepper says a team has been preparing for tomorrow's return to classes "School district Student Support Services, Senior Administration and School Principals (District Critical Events Response Team) have spent the last two days preparing for student return to school following the long weekend. School staffs will be briefed about response protocol in each secondary school and the counselling departments of each school will receive and respond to students in need of support beyond that provided by their families over the last 2 days of the weekend. In addition, our District Behaviour Team will be available to address specific needs as required. Incidents of this type, especially at this time of year, affect staff as well. We have a protocol in effect to provide support for staff."
The RCMP and the BC Coroners Service continue to investigate.
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