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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten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>>

  • Spokane chef gets stolen car, knife back

    Spokane chef gets stolen car, knife back

    Saturday, October 21 2017 12:25 AM EDT2017-10-21 04:25:19 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - It's been a tough week for Keegan Jones. Last Friday his Mazda Protege was stolen. Leaving him depending on friends to help get to work. Not only was his car stolen, but something else he relies on for his livelihood.

    More >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - It's been a tough week for Keegan Jones. Last Friday his Mazda Protege was stolen. Leaving him depending on friends to help get to work. Not only was his car stolen, but something else he relies on for his livelihood.

    More >>
  • Operation Jungle Book targets wildlife traffickers, recovers numerous animal species

    Operation Jungle Book targets wildlife traffickers, recovers numerous animal species

    Saturday, October 21 2017 12:09 AM EDT2017-10-21 04:09:11 GMT

    LOS ANGELES - Operation Jungle Book, a law enforcement initiative led by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service that targeted wildlife smuggling, has resulted in federal criminal charges against 16 defendants who allegedly participated in the illegal importation and/or transportation of numerous animal species – including a tiger, monitor lizards, cobras, Asian “lucky” fish, exotic songbirds and several coral species.

    More >>

    LOS ANGELES - Operation Jungle Book, a law enforcement initiative led by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service that targeted wildlife smuggling, has resulted in federal criminal charges against 16 defendants who allegedly participated in the illegal importation and/or transportation of numerous animal species – including a tiger, monitor lizards, cobras, Asian “lucky” fish, exotic songbirds and several coral species.

    More >>
  • WATCH: CCTV footage shows teens looking after homeless man in Poland

    WATCH: CCTV footage shows teens looking after homeless man in Poland

    Friday, October 20 2017 11:22 PM EDT2017-10-21 03:22:35 GMT

    NYSA, Poland - Security camera footage of three teens going above and beyond to help a homeless man is going viral, and the three boys are being praised for doing what they could to help a homeless man in the town of Nysa in Poland. In the video released by Nysa Police show the three boys walking down the street with a blanket, then putting it over a bench, apparently tucking the man in to sleep.

    More >>

    NYSA, Poland - Security camera footage of three teens going above and beyond to help a homeless man is going viral, and the three boys are being praised for doing what they could to help a homeless man in the town of Nysa in Poland. In the video released by Nysa Police show the three boys walking down the street with a blanket, then putting it over a bench, apparently tucking the man in to sleep.

    More >>