Sask. child advocate to investigate death of Saskatoon kindergarten student – Saskatoon

Saskatchewan’s child and youth advocate will independently investigate the death of a five-year-old kindergarten student who was found Monday in a pond near a Saskatoon school.

The boy has been identified by the Saskatoon Open Door Society as Ahmedsadiq Elmmi.

“This is an extraordinary tragedy, which I believe requires an extraordinary response,” said Barry MacDougall, the director of education for Saskatoon Public Schools, in a media release issued Wednesday morning.

MacDougall said the division has asked Corey O’Soup, Saskatchewan’s advocate for children and youth, to investigate the death of the student, who attended École Dundonald School.

Ahmedsadiq Elmmi died during his second day at École Dundonald School. (Bridget Yard/CBC)

Little is known about what happened outside the school Monday morning. 

Just after the recess, the boy went missing and police were called. He was found minutes later in a pond less than a hundred metres from the school yard. He was rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after arriving.

The school division’s own internal investigation into what happened will continue, and the province’s chief coroner is also looking into the death, MacDougall said.

“We pride ourselves on the ethic of care we provide to every student in order to ensure their safety and well-being,” he said.

“We must learn from this tragedy so it never happens again.”

Parents ‘devastated’

Ahmedsadiq’s family held his funeral in Saskatoon on Tuesday, said Shafii Mohamed, the president of the Saskatoon Somali Community group.

“The parents are feeling devastated,” said Mohamed on Wednesday. “They’re heartbroken. They have no words. Every time I talk to them, they’re crying. Disbelief.

Shafii Mohamed, president of the Saskatoon Somali Community group, says the parents of Ahmedsadiq Elmmi are ‘feeling devastated. They’re heartbroken.’ (CBC)

“He was their heart. He was their happiness. Now they’ve lost him.”

The boy’s mother has lived in Canada since 2000 and his father since 2011. They’re both originally from Somalia, according to Mohamed.

The family moved to Saskatoon two months ago from Prince Albert so that both parents could take some courses, he said.

The Somali and Muslim community in Saskatoon has rallied to the family’s side, offering car rides and helping with groceries.

2nd day at school

On Tuesday, after the funeral, members of the Islamic Association of Saskatchewan’s Saskatoon chapter gathered…

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