Blanchard community mourning loss of teacher, cheer coach

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BLANCHARD, Okla. (KFOR) — The Blanchard community is mourning the loss of a middle school teacher and coach who was killed in a crash over the weekend.

"It's just hard for me to believe that she won't be bopping in here again," Larry McVay, the principal of Blanchard Middle School, told News 4. "She loved teaching. She loved it and the kids loved her."

McVay said Brookelynn Selman's love for teaching light up the hallways of Blanchard Middle School. He said the hallways haven't been the same since he got a heartbreaking phone call from the assistant principal over the weekend.

"Ms. Randals called and told me about the accident and that Brookelynn had passed," McVay said.

Selman died after her vehicle left Czech Hall Road for an unknown reason early Saturday morning, crashed into a guardrail, flipped and rolled down an embankment onto I-40.

The tight-knit, Blanchard Middle School community was crushed to hear the news.

"We're leaning on each other, drawing strength from each other," McVay said.

He said Selman touched the lives of so many, not only in the classroom but also on the gymnasium floor where she coached cheer.

"She loved those cheerleaders and we're really going to miss her," McVay said. "She was a beautiful person, inside and out."

The parents of the Blanchard Middle School cheerleaders sent News 4 this statement Monday,

“Coach B was a spunky, funny, no-nonsense coach, and she loved her cheer girls like they were her own.  She taught them responsibility, love, and most importantly, to believe in themselves.  Our girls not only lost a coach but a mentor and a friend.  We can only hope that Coach B knew how much she meant to them, and how much they loved her.  Our continued prayers go out to Brookelynn’s family.”

McVay said councilors are at the school talking with the students.

A GoFundMe has been created to help Brookelynn’s family pay for funeral expenses.

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