Investigators Release New Information On Zipline Accident

By: KAKE News Email
By: KAKE News Email
Jeanie Weve, 39, died in an accident Sunday.

Courtesy: Milken National Educator

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Reno County authorities said an award winning teacher who died in a weekend zipline accident simply lost her grip.

Jeanie Weve, a teacher at Maize Central Elementary died in the accident at a private residence in Pretty Prairie.

Reno County investigators said while no harness was utilized, the zipline had several safety measures in place including stablizing wires and padding.

The case has been classified as an accident.

Weve won the National Milken Award last year. She was one of 57 other educators in the state who have received the award since Kansas started participating in 1992.

A local school district is mourning the loss of elementary school teacher, who died in a weekend accident.

39-year-old Jeanie Weve, fourth-grade Maize Central Elementary teacher, was hurt in a zipline accident at a Pretty Prairie home Sunday.

Randy Henderson, Reno County Sheriff, said witnesses told police Weve grabbed the zipline and let go of the handles, falling about 20 feet to the ground.

Weeve was transported to a Wichita hospital were she later died from her injuries.

Karen McDermott, USD 266 spokeswoman, said Weve joined the district in August of 2008. The 18-year veteran won the National Milken Award last year. She was one of 57 other educators in the state who have received the award since Kansas started participating in 1992.

David Jennings, Maize Central Elementary Principal, said Weve was known for her high energy approach to teaching.

"It was not uncommon to walk by her classroom first thing in the morning and see Jeanie dancing and cheering with her kids," Jennings said. "What she created in her classroom can’t be taught or manufactured. It came naturally as a result of Jeanie’s personality and genuine love for each student. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.”

McDermott said grief counselors are available at Maize Central Elementary to help students and staff cope with the news.

She is survived by her husband, Mark, daughter Carlee Padron, son Alex Padron and daughter Macy Weve.

Funeral arrangements are pending.


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