When a tornado bearing 200 mph winds barreled toward Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., on Monday, Rhonda Crosswhite hustled her sixth-grade class into a bathroom, covering as many as possible with her body as the deadly storm furiously tore at the building.
“The whole time I just kept screaming to them, ‘Quit worrying, we’re fine, we’re fine,’” she told The New York Post. “[One girl] was sobbing, and I was like, ‘We’re going to be fine, we’re going to be fine, I’m protecting you.’ And then I said a few prayers. ‘God please take care of my kids.’”
Other teachers shared Crosswhite’s harrowing experience. Given 16 minutes between the tornado warning and the strike, educators herded their kids to safety. However, that instinctual bravery is hardly exclusive to that Oklahoma City suburb.
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