Petersfield High teacher dies day after 50th birthday
Charmaine James

PETERSFIELD, Westmoreland -- Petersfield High School in Westmoreland has been plunged into mourning following the passing of its modern languages teacher, Charmaine James, who died one day after celebrating her 50th birthday.

James died suddenly on Sunday evening at hospital.

James, who taught Spanish and English, is said to have been an educator at the institution for 30 years.

Following news of James' passing, the school is closed to students, today.

However, OBSERVER ONLINE was informed by a source that teachers for the morning shift are present at the school now.

The source said James was a part of the afternoon shift.

The teachers at the institution will be getting grief counselling, the source confirmed.

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