Tornado survivor: Our teacher saved our lives

Here’s a video from “Today” about how a teacher saved some children when the massive tornado struck Moore, Okla., and the transcript:

Reporter: You know, there have been some amazing stories of survival that are starting to emerge from the rubble and I have one of those, Brandi Klein, Damien Klein and Bobby Britain. Damien, you’re a fourth-grader at Plaza Tower Elementary School. Do you remember anything from yesterday?

Damien: We were in class and all we heard was the sirens go off and we all ran to the hallway. Some of us had a math book, some of us had backpacks and they went off again. Then we ducked again and then it went off and then we went in the bathroom, and then they went off again and then we heard the tornado and it sounded like a train coming by, and then we all, we were all covered and a teacher took cover of us, Miss [Rhonda] Crossway.

Reporter: Miss Crossway threw her body right over you, didn’t she?

Damien: Yes.

Reporter: Was she covering you and some other students?

Damien: She was covering me and my friend, Zachary, and then she, I told her that we were fine because we were holding onto something and she went over to my friend Antonio and covered him, and then so she saved our lives.

Reporter: She did save your lives. How long do you remember being under the teacher? How long did it feel like for the tornado to pass over you?

Damien: About five minutes …

And here’s another “Today” video of the reunion of Damien and Rhonda Crossway:

Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.



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