SAN JOSE (KCBS)— Students arriving for second-period gym class at San Jose’s Piedmont Hills High School were stunned to discover a body located in the campus swimming pool Friday morning.
At approximately 8:47 a.m., the San Jose Police Department responded to a call of a dead adult male’s body that was located face down at the bottom of the swimming pool at the high school located at 1377 Piedmont Road.READ MORE: UPDATE: Oakland City Council Votes To Hire, Train More Police After Spike in Homicides
“As they were pulling back the pool covers, a body was found at the deep end in the diving pool. At that point we moved students and staff and secured the area,” said school superintendent Chris Funk.
The Santa Clara County Coroner’s Office is handling the investigation and the circumstances surrounding the death are unknown. The body, however, did not belong to a student at the high school.
Parents started arriving around 11 a.m. to pick up their kids. One mother, LaTonya, picked up her son. She simply said she hoped it wasn’t a student before the coroner confirmed that it wasn’t.
The East Side Union High School District said the body was also not that of a staff member.READ MORE: Giants Beat Padres 6-5, Maintain Narrow Lead In NL West
“It’s a tragic situation, and we didn’t feel it was conducive to learning,” Funk said.
The school has a full time social worker on staff, and they called in additional staff to provide counseling services for the students and personnel affected by the tragedy.
About 2,000 students attend the school located in the Berryessa neighborhood of San Jose. Classes will resume on Monday, and the campus also plans to go back to normal weekend activities on Saturday, Funk said.
Funk said it was unclear at this time what measures would be needed to clean the pool after the body’s removal and to make it safe to swim in again.MORE NEWS: UPDATE: Fire Destroys House, Horse Boarding Facility In Penngrove; Evacuated Orders LIfted
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