Man Credits Teacher With Saving Children's Lives - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

UPDATE: Deadly Tornado: Man Credits Teacher With Saving Children's Lives

Posted: Updated:
Photo courtesy: MGN Online Photo courtesy: MGN Online

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The father of an 8-year-old Oklahoma boy says a teacher saved his son's life as a tornado tore into their school yesterday.
    
David Wheeler says the teacher at Briarwood Elementary in Oklahoma City took students into a closet and shielded them with her arms as the tornado collapsed the roof and starting lifting children upward. He says the pull was so strong that it sucked the glasses off their faces.
    
As the tornado approached, students at Briarwood Elementary were sent into the halls. But Wheeler says third-grade teacher Julie Simon thought it didn't look safe, so she ushered the children into a closet instead.
    
In Wheeler's words, "She saved their lives by putting them in a closet and holding their heads down."
    
Wheeler says he raced to the school through blinding rain and gusting wind. When he got there, he says "it was like the earth was wiped clean."
    
He eventually found his son, Gabriel, sitting with the teacher who had protected him. His back was cut and bruised and gravel was embedded in his head, but he was alive.
   
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten

HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Two more suspects in Freeman purse snatching arrested

    Two more suspects in Freeman purse snatching arrested

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 3:57 PM EDT2017-09-20 19:57:04 GMT

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - The second person suspected of stealing a purse from a Freeman parent's car during last week's shooting and racking up approximately $36,000 in charges has been arrested. 37-year-old Renee Mann was booked into the Spokane County Jail Tuesday night just before 10:00 p.m. on 13 charges, including Identity Theft, Theft, and Forgery. Mann should be making her first court appearance on Wednesday. 

    More >>

    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - The second person suspected of stealing a purse from a Freeman parent's car during last week's shooting and racking up approximately $36,000 in charges has been arrested. 37-year-old Renee Mann was booked into the Spokane County Jail Tuesday night just before 10:00 p.m. on 13 charges, including Identity Theft, Theft, and Forgery. Mann should be making her first court appearance on Wednesday. 

    More >>
  • Fiat-Chrysler recalls nearly 450,000 Ram pickups

    Fiat-Chrysler recalls nearly 450,000 Ram pickups

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 3:53 PM EDT2017-09-20 19:53:58 GMT

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Fiat-Chrysler is issuing a voluntary recall of 443,712 U.S. market heavy duty pickups and medium-duty pickups to inspect and replace, if necessary, their water pumps. 

    More >>

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Fiat-Chrysler is issuing a voluntary recall of 443,712 U.S. market heavy duty pickups and medium-duty pickups to inspect and replace, if necessary, their water pumps.  Affected are Affected are model-year 2013-17 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups; and 3500, 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs. The company says customer feeder prompted an investigation that discovered certain trucks are equipped with a water pump bearing that can overheat.

    More >>
  • Woman: I'd rather go to jail than take down pro-Trump signs

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 3:18 PM EDT2017-09-20 19:18:39 GMT

    ROCKLAND, Maine - A Maine woman says she'd rather go to jail than take down her pro-Donald Trump signs. Susan Reitman's signs say "I Love Trump" and "He Won, Get over it." But the code enforcement officer in Rockland has notified her that the signs violate a local ordinance, because they are bigger than the town allows. She could be fined between $100 or more per day. 

    More >>

    ROCKLAND, Maine - A Maine woman says she'd rather go to jail than take down her pro-Donald Trump signs. Susan Reitman's signs say "I Love Trump" and "He Won, Get over it." But the code enforcement officer in Rockland has notified her that the signs violate a local ordinance, because they are bigger than the town allows. She could be fined between $100 or more per day. 

    More >>