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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The importance of IMMEDIATE CPR and prompt defibrillation

Orange County teacher collapses, dies in classroom

September 21, 2010 | 8:00 am

A teacher at Woodbridge High School in Irvine collapsed in his classroom on Monday and was pronounced dead, officials said Tuesday.

Students found Kent Bentley during lunchtime Monday and alerted staff members, said Ian Hanigan, spokesman for the Irvine Unified School District.

“A staff member administered CPR," he said, "but despite their best efforts, he couldn’t be revived.”

There was no immediate information on the cause of death.

Bentley, 46, taught English and coached wrestling at Woodbridge for 12 years. Additional counselors and psychologists were sent to the school to assist students and staff.

“Obviously, there are still a lot of questions right now,” Hanigan said. “Our focus is on helping students and staff through the initial days.”

Bentley is survived by his wife, Mary, and two daughters, Jill and Katie.

-- Alexandra Zavis