School kids give class skeleton a proper funeral after shock discovery

By Petrus Malherbe
04 December 2015

Staff at a school in Wigan, England, got the fright of their lives last week when they discovered an artificial skeleton that had been used by the art department for the past 40 years is actually that of a real human.

Staff at a school in Wigan, England, were shocked to discover an artificial skeleton that had been used by the art department for the past 40 years is actually that of a real human. The art department at Haydock High School had been using the bones of the skeleton, which they nicknamed Arthur, for decades – until Sandra Dixon, a new art technician at the school, started smelling a rat. The more Sandra worked with the bones the more she began to wonder if they really were artificial. She decided to send them to a local funeral undertaker who conducted further tests.

And his findings: Arthur is in fact the skeleton of an Indian man who died in the early 1900s when he was in his early twenties.

Little further information about Arthur is available. For instance, it’s not clear whether he made the long journey from India to Britain as a skeleton or living human.

But now, more than 100 years later, he’s finally going to be laid to rest – complete with a casket, hearse and pallbearers.

Staff and learners at Haydock held a real funeral to say farewell to their faithful “teacher”.

Sources: Yahoo News; Wigan Today

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