Police are trying to determine how a teenager came to be dangerously sprawled in a snowbank in bone-chilling temperatures last week a long distance from his school in Montague.
RCMP Sgt. Andrew Blackadar says police were called to a medical emergency last Wednesday at 7:25 p.m.
A 16-year-old student was lying in the snow. He was rushed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where he remains in stable condition.
Blackadar says police want to speak to the teen to determine how he ended up on the side of Peters Road roughly 15 kilometres from his school and shy of his home in Abney.
Bob Andrews, director of school effectiveness with the English Language Board, says the student reportedly left Montague Regional High School without permission. The teen’s parents were contacted as soon as school staff realized the student had left the building.
“My understanding is he went and got his coat and left school,’’ said Andrews.
Andrews is urging the public to ignore what he calls grossly false accounts of the incident appearing on social media including Facebook.
“We’ve looked at this. The school dealt with it appropriately per protocol.’’