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Okla. School Survivor: Teacher 'Saved Our Lives'

'It sounded like a train going by'


A fourth-grader at Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., which took a direct hit from Monday's tornado, describes the moment when the tornado struck the school and the aftermath. "It sounded like a train going by," recalled the boy, Damian Kline. After hearing warning sirens, students sought shelter in the school's hallways and bathroom. Damian described how his teacher, Rhonda Crosswhite, protected him and other students.

"She was covering me and my friend Zachary," Damian said. "I told her we were fine because we were holding on to something, and then she went over to my friend Antonio and covered him, so she saved our lives."

PHOTOS ON SKYE: Massive Tornado Devastation in Moore, Oklahoma
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simonemimbs4

and i cannot point fingers at anyone. this is awful indeed. The state of ok. should build better homes and schools with under ground safety units. my heart goes out to the families. I will pray for you all. to the strangers who are coming to help may God bless you all. I have never been in a situation such as this but if I were I would want someone to help me get through a night. Again all the world is looking, and some of us is doing something about it other than talking. its easy to point fingers any person can do that, but find the person that can motivate and move in a storm and you have found a real treasure. so people in ok. hold on peace comes in the morning.

May 21 2013 at 6:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dixfiles

Wouldn't, you think. A person who lays down their life to save your child would be worth, say a congressman or a pro ball player? These people act as parents for every child! Those congressmen are nothing

May 21 2013 at 6:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
msmith6791

volconfox - I agree with you, how is it that after ALL these years and ALL the tornados, it is NOT LAW that when you build any house or public building (school) there is no underground sealable strong bunker with steel doors into which people go in 60 seconds to avoid these tragedies? HOW? Is this a "we can't spend the money bunk?"

May 21 2013 at 3:01 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
volcanfoxxx

YOU CAN RELY ON "GOD" ALL YOU WANT ... BUT WHEN IT COMES TO DODGING A FORCE 5 TORNADO, GIVE ME AN UNDERGROUND SHELTER!!!
BY THE WAY ... I WOULD HAVE THOUGHT AFTER WHAT THAT AREA HAS GONE THROUGH IN THE PAST, THEY WOULD HAVE HAD UNDERGROUND SHELTERS FOR SCHOOLS.

May 21 2013 at 1:46 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
kajunvol

AS I WRITE THIS, THE GOVERNOR IS GOING TO HAVE FIFTEEN, ;! PEOPLE SPEAK ABOUT THE DEVASTATION IN ORLAHOMA. I AND OTHERS CAN'T UNDERSTAND WHY ALL THOSE MEN ARE NOT HELPING TO DIG OUT AND HUNT FOR CHILDREN AND TEACHERS AT THE SCHOOL INBSTEAD OF MAKING SPEACHES ON TELEVISION. I'LL JUST BET THAT THE PARENTS OF THESE CHILDREN DON'T WANT SPEACHES, "THEY WANT HELP" !!

May 21 2013 at 1:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jzack477

I agree with other comments. Firstly, my heart goes out to all of these people. We lived through Sandy and I know a little of you feel. But Media, stop already. These people are in shock. If you can not help them out of the rubble get out. Like a bunch of vultures looking for a story. Give it a few days. Please.

May 21 2013 at 1:00 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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bdkeats

Like everything else, the media follows the money. People tune in to see these kind of stories; advertisers are happy, ergo, the cycle continues. When the American public changes, this (vulture media syndrome) will stop. Until then, "if it bleeds, it leads."

May 21 2013 at 1:29 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Cathy

My prayers to the people in Oklahoma - it seems to be a never ending battle in America - most of the country has been affected by natural disasters in one way or another. I hate to think what's next. Peace be with you all.

May 21 2013 at 12:55 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
smythfourpaws

Comments for t_donahue. There are natural disasters in almost every state in the union. Part of the risk of living life. I feel badly for all who have gone thru this disaster and hope that people can salvage their lives and have better days ahead. I live in a major earthquake zone and next to the most dangerous volcano in the US. (Mt. Rainier) but I still choose to live here because of the quality of life.

May 21 2013 at 12:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
scottled

This area is synonymous with tornados. Why has no one in Oklahoma enacted building codes that require a shelter space for every student? Remember the Titanic, didn't need lifeboats for all hands, either. Is there something more important to these people than their kids??

May 21 2013 at 12:45 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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RJM

Goodness, media, give these people a break and stop bugging them for the 'soft touch' stories. Sheesh. My prayers to everyone impacted by these tornadoes in KS and OK.

May 21 2013 at 12:32 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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bdkeats

As I mentioned, when the people stop watching, the media will stop reporting. Viewing it the other way around is wagging the dog.

May 21 2013 at 1:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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