NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) – Classes were delayed an hour at North Smithfield public schools Wednesday after school officials reported a body was found outside North Smithfield High School.

On the school department’s Facebook page, officials announced that a school bus driver spotted what appeared to be a dead body, and that police were immediately notified.   

Police confirmed the discovery and said the death is not considered suspicious, adding that the incident is not school-related.

A woman who says she’s lived nearby for nine years told Eyewitness News she was shocked by the body found and believes it was a great decision to delay the schools.

“I think they made a great decision. My husband walks my daughter down to the middle school at 7:15 a.m. Glad that they made the decision to postpone school for respect for the family and respect for the deceased,” said Julie Turcotte, a mother of four kids.

Eyewitness News is working to learn more details about this investigation and will bring you updates when they are available.