March 7, 2018 2:07 pm
Updated: March 7, 2018 7:59 pm

12-year-old Regina girl dies at home in Gardiner Park

Wed, Mar 7: The coroner's office has confirmed that they are investigating the death of a 12-year-old girl who was found in her backyard in the snow.

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The coroner’s office has confirmed that they are investigating the death of a 12-year-old girl who was found in her backyard in the snow.

Police, EMS and firefighters were dispatched to a home in Gardiner Park at approximately 6:30 p.m. CT on Tuesday, March 6 after receiving a report of a child who was believed to be deceased.

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Investigators are now working to clarify the circumstances around the girl’s death, however people on social media who claim to know the family suggest that she may have been playing in a snow-fort around the time of the incident.

The young girl was transported to the hospital but later died. She was a Grade 7 student at St. Elizabeth School.

Although the incident did not happen on school property and occurred after-hours, Daniel Lizée, the school principal, has sent a letter to parents informing them of the tragedy and confirming that the teachers, counsellors and pastoral team from Resurrection Parish are available to meet with students to provide support.

Twylla West, who is in charge of communications for the Regina Catholic elementary school, said there are procedures in place in the event of a student’s death.

“We plan for a very potential actuality and we hope that we never have to use those plans, but whenever a student at our school passes away, which does happen from time to time, unfortunately, we make sure that we have the supports available for students,” West said at a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

“Obviously, it’s a very difficult time, a very sad time for the family as well as for all of the classmates.”

West added that support will be made available to students for as long as it is needed.

The city of Regina is urging kids to use caution when playing in the snow, especially after a heavy snowfall like we saw this week.

Police will not be releasing the young girl’s name. The family, as well as neighbours, are asking for privacy as they come to grips with this tragedy.

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