Death at New Plymouth Girls' High School

Last updated 14:06 06/12/2013

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The man who died at New Plymouth Girls' High  School has been named as Peter Michael Zawodny. He was 41 years old.

Mr Zawodny, a New Plymouth Girls' Hig School staff member, was found dead at the school on Wednesday at about 7.30pm by another staff member.

Girls High principal Jenny Ellis said staff were grieving for the man,  who had worked at the school for a decade.

''It has just been the most distressing and devastating news.''Sergeant Grant Roper said police and paramedics had been called to the school at 8pm.

''There are no suspicious circumstances and the death has been referred to the coroner.''

He said police were investigating the death.

Mrs Ellis said few students were in attendance at school yesterday because the senior pupils were on exam leave and an outdoor education programme was running for the rest of the students.

No formal announcement about the man's death had been made yesterday, but it would be addressed at an assembly today, she said.

''The grief and sense of loss is primarily being felt by the staff at the moment. Most of the students will be back tomorrow.''

Mrs Ellis said the staff member who had found the man dead had gone looking for him after a phone call from his wife saying he had not returned home. The man was not a teacher.

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