Teacher Found Dead on Nativity Play Stage

Teacher Found Dead on Nativity Play Stage

While Nativity plays typically help foster the joy and hope of the Christmas spirit, one performance has sadly ended in tragedy.

According to news reports in the United Kingdom, a veteran teacher at one of Britain’s top private girls’ schools was found lifeless on the stage Dec. 5, just hours after the play that he had directed had taken place.

The 52-year-old teacher, who taught at Pembridge Hall School in London’s exclusive Notting Hill neighborhood, was found by a clergyman the morning after the performance.

The play had been held at the St Matthew’s, a Church of England parish church in Bayswater, West London.

According to the U.K. Telegraph, the teacher was found by the Rev. Will Coleridge, vicar of St. Matthew’s.

Speaking to the U.K. Sun, Coleridge, described the incident as “dreadful.”

“We sadly had an unfortunate incident here on Monday night. It was inside the church. I can’t say too much but it is dreadful.

“I half knew the deceased,” he said, adding that the school would now want to find a different location for its annual Christmas Concert.

“Of course, the Nativity here is all canceled now,” Coleridge said. “They will do it elsewhere, which is understandable.”

“Fortunately, none of the children were there at the time,” Coleridge told the U.K. Mirror. “It was grim, obviously, really grim. I mean these things are really horrible.”

The school’s headmistress, Sophie Banks, told the Sun the school was “deeply saddened at the recent passing of a member of our school’s community.”

“On behalf of the school, we would like to extend our sincerest condolences to their family and friends,” she said.

“As we collectively navigate through this challenging period, we will focus on supporting our girls and colleagues.”

According to The Daily Telegraph, Pembridge Hall is “part of the Inspired Education group of elite private schools.”

Those schools include Wetherby School, the Notting Hill institution attended by Prince William and Prince Harry, the Telegraph noted.

The London Metropolitan Police said the death is not being treated as suspicious.

“Police were called at 08:55hrs on 5 December to a church in St Petersburgh Place W2 after a 52-year-old man was found deceased,” a representative told the Telegraph. “Next of kin have been informed.”

“The death is being treated as unexpected but early inquiries do not indicate it is suspicious,” the representative said. “A file will be prepared for the coroner.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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