Bloomington eighth-graders on a field trip in an Eden Prairie conservation area Thursday morning encountered the body of a young man who committed suicide, police said.
A group of 125 students and chaperones were perusing the Richard T. Anderson Conservation Area in Eden Prairie around 10 a.m. when the body was found, police spokesperson Katie Beal told Kare 11.
A smaller group of 30 students from Oak Grove Middle School was walking down a trail when they discovered the deceased male. Police say he died from a gunshot wound to his head.
Police interviewed students and teachers and the field trip was subsequently canceled. Grief counselors were made available to staff and students, school district spokesman Rick Kaufman told the Star Tribune.
"A couple of kids were very distraught by what they saw," he said.