As an F-4 tornado ripped a path through two elementary schools in Moore, Oklahoma, chaos ensued. We watched from the comfort of our homes or workplaces in the Portland area, but you could see and feel just how much damage was done. You could also see the strength of human spirit shining through in the faces and actions of the teachers.
We heard stories of teachers who laid on top of 6 kids to protect them from car that was hurled into the air by the winds. Another teacher covered 3 kids with her body. Countless others shouted over the roar of the tornado to calm the screaming children. I have spent a lot of time at my son's school and I can just imagine what that must be like.
Even as I was watching the footage after the tornado hit, I could see teachers trying in vain to gather 5th graders in one area in the field and 3rd graders in another. Their hair was crusted with dried blood and there was dirt all over them and they were wet from the rain, but they were still shouting to get their kids gathered in one spot and to get a head count.
I still wonder why the kids were ever allowed to go to school that day. The weather forecast looked ominous at best and it seemed like it would be safer for them to be at home but that doesn't matter now. The point is, they did go to school and for the most part, they were taken care of by their "parents" away from home: their teachers.