Teacher of children trapped in car talks

10:15 PM, Nov 21, 2013   |    comments
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BROOKLYN CENTER - At Odyssey Academy charter school in Brooklyn Center, the hard lessons of life have found their way inside.

Of the five children involved in Thursday's crash in St. Louis Park, four of them went to school at Odyssey Academy.

"It's difficult for me to talk to you right now because you're speechless in a situation like this," said John Sedey, the school's executive director.

While some students know what happened, others do not. So Friday, Sedey says counselors will be on hand to help them and the staff.

"The idea tomorrow is to give families the tools they need to help their children deal with this," he said,

Kindergarten teacher Laura Montray is dealing with it herself. She currently teaches 5-year-old Amani Coleman-Guerrido but has taught two of the other children, as well. She and other staff describe the children as great kids.

"They're just so sweet and so nice. Just the best kids. They really are. When I saw another one was coming (to school), it put a smile on my face because they are just awesome kids," said Montray.

She says Amani was looking forward to school Thursday because he was supposed to be the "person of the day" for the class.

"They just get to be a helper, it's a big deal," she said. "We had to kind of go without him which the kids just volunteered to do his job then."

She did not find out what happened until Thursday afternoon and tried to remain strong for the children, at times concealing her emotions.

"I tried to turn the other way so the kids wouldn't see it. Then get my mind on something else and then I'm fine again," she said.

It's something many were doing at the school.

"It's devastating to this staff because everyone feels so close to all of our students," said Sedey.

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