SALEM, Mass. — Parents whose kids attend Bentley Academy Charter School were saddened by the notification they got Tuesday, informing them that one of their teachers died after a freak equestrian accident.
"My heart was broken," said Dianny Guerrero, a parent of three kids at the school.
The emails that went out sent shockwaves and heartbreak through the Salem charter school community. Parents and students told Boston 25 News they were looking forward to seeing fourth-grade math teacher Jennifer "Jeffies" Chapin next week for the start of the new school year
"Friendly, loving teacher and very caring for the kids," Guerrero said. "Her passion, her heart was teaching, and for the kids that was her priority."
Chapin died after an equestrian accident on Sunday at the Green Mountain Horse Association's Festival of Eventing in South Woodstock, Vermont. Organizers say Chapin and her horse suffered a rotational fall while warming up before the cross-country phase of the competition.
A statement sent to Boston 25 News from Salem Superintendent Kathleen Smith reads as follows:
The school also sent an email that went out to parents:
The freak accident that ended the 32-year-old's life and the risk of the equestrian sport known as "Eventing" are now under the microscope.
The CEO of the United States Eventing Association also gave a statement to Boston 25 News:
Chapin, a native of Wenham, leaves behind a husband and a grief-stricken extended family across the area. Boston 25 News was told the 12-year-old thoroughbred she was riding was not hurt in the accident.
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