Parents at a Georgia elementary school have been informed that their children may have seen a dead body after a 19-year-old man was found hanging from the school’s playground as first-graders were on their way to recess.
The teen’s body was found Monday morning at Lake Joy Primary School, in Warner Robins, just before 10 a.m., a local CBS affiliate reported.
Two first-grade classes were coming out of recess when two children said they saw something on the playground, according to a Houston County schools news release.
Houston County Coroner Danny Galpin said he was reluctant to call the death of the teen — whose name has not been released — a suicide before the autopsy, The Macon Telegraph reported.
“All of the first-graders’ parents were contacted to let them know that their child’s classroom was the first to go [to] the playground and that they may have seen the individual’s body,” school spokeswoman Beth McLaughlin said in the release. “We will have counselors and other staff members at school tomorrow to talk with any children who want to share their feelings.”
School principal April Strevig sent an automated message to parents by phone Monday morning. The message stated that an adult had come on to the playground over the weekend and had “suffered a tragic death,” The Telegraph reported.
The school was put under “code yellow” status, meaning normal school activities continue, but with limited movement and no one allowed to go outside.