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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten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

  • Top education official meets with Idaho students to discuss school safety

    Top education official meets with Idaho students to discuss school safety

    Friday, April 27 2018 12:49 AM EDT2018-04-27 04:49:19 GMT
    Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra paid a visit to Lake City High School yesterday to meet with the same students who organized last week’s panel discussions to continue the conversation regarding school safety. Students raised a variety of questions to the superintendent ranging from what’s being done at the local and state level to make schools safe; as well as the on-going topic of mental health. Ybarra says the new initiative that she’s proposed...More >>
    Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra paid a visit to Lake City High School yesterday to meet with the same students who organized last week’s panel discussions to continue the conversation regarding school safety. Students raised a variety of questions to the superintendent ranging from what’s being done at the local and state level to make schools safe; as well as the on-going topic of mental health. Ybarra says the new initiative that she’s proposed...More >>
  • 3-year-old run over, killed by lawnmower near Snohomish

    3-year-old run over, killed by lawnmower near Snohomish

    Friday, April 27 2018 12:30 AM EDT2018-04-27 04:30:20 GMT

    SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. - A 3-year-old boy died Thursday evening after the toddler was run over by a lawnmower near Snohomish. According to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office, the child was riding on his father's lap when he fell off and went under the lawnmower.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  Deputies said they're seeing this as an accident.  According to deputies, the father wasn't under any influence.  Responding to a 

    More >>

    SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. - A 3-year-old boy died Thursday evening after the toddler was run over by a lawnmower near Snohomish. According to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office, the child was riding on his father's lap when he fell off and went under the lawnmower.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  Deputies said they're seeing this as an accident.  According to deputies, the father wasn't under any influence.  Responding to a 

    More >>
  • Montana man gets 30 years for fatal shooting during botched robbery

    Montana man gets 30 years for fatal shooting during botched robbery

    Friday, April 27 2018 12:14 AM EDT2018-04-27 04:14:42 GMT

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A man who shot another man to death during a botched robbery in southern Montana has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. The Billings Gazette reports 38-year-old Ross Breshears was sentenced Thursday for the October 2015 death of 25-year-old Clinton Oldbull. Breshears struck a deal and pleaded guilty in January to deliberate homicide. Prosecutors say he and 30-year-old Garrett Crandell went to Oldbull's Billings home, where Oldbull was shot during a ...

    More >>

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A man who shot another man to death during a botched robbery in southern Montana has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. The Billings Gazette reports 38-year-old Ross Breshears was sentenced Thursday for the October 2015 death of 25-year-old Clinton Oldbull. Breshears struck a deal and pleaded guilty in January to deliberate homicide. Prosecutors say he and 30-year-old Garrett Crandell went to Oldbull's Billings home, where Oldbull was shot during a ...

    More >>