Body of girl, 15, found in Vancouver rooming house
Students at a Vancouver secondary school are coming to terms with the death of a schoolmate whose body was found in a rooming house by police over the weekend.
Raven Pantherbone-Hunt, 15, was reported missing shortly before 6 p.m. Friday and Vancouver police located her body in a Downtown Eastside rooming house on Saturday, spokesman Const. Tim Fanning told CBC News Tuesday.
Police said they do not suspect foul play and classified the girl's death as "sudden," Fanning said. Few details have been released and police would not comment on speculation that the girl may have suffered a drug overdose.
An autopsy was performed Monday and toxicology test results won't be known for a few weeks.
Hunt was an alternative program student at Britannia Secondary School on 1001 Cotton Drive in east Vancouver. Before that, she was a student at Britannia Elementary and was well known in the community.
The principal of the secondary school, Beverly Seed, issued a letter to parents Monday, informing them of the incident and how staff is handling things.
"Since many students have been affected by the news and are asking questions, each teacher has taken some class time to acknowledge students' feelings and address their concerns in an open and honest manner," Seed said in the letter.
"We will be providing as much support as possible to our students. Our school has specially trained staff members," she said.
A drop-in centre has been set up at school where students can come for additional, one-on-one support.
The school is urging parents to provide reassurance and understanding at home and be prepared to discuss the death with their children.