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Waco: Schools Hold Extra Tornado Drills

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WACO (May 21, 2013)--Four schools in the Waco Independent School District asked for and were granted permission to hold an extra tornado drill Tuesday.

One of those, Mountainview Elementary school, held a drill shortly after lunch Tuesday afternoon.

Hundreds of students filed quietly to safe places in each of their four buildings.

They were led by teachers to an inside wall of a classroom where they knelt on their knees then leaned forward in a fetal position.

Students held their positions for more than ten minutes as Principal Melissa Pritchard and her assistant principal checked each classroom for approval.

Pritchard says she was devastated by the deadly tornado that struck Moore, Okla., on Monday, killing at least 24 and leveling scores of home and buildings including two elementary schools, at one of which seven students died.

She says she wanted to remind the students of what they should do in case of an emergency.

"I absolutely feel like a mom, and it’s my responsibility to keep them safe so if there was anything to happen I would absolutely feel it’s my responsibility," she said.

WISD spokesman Dale Caffey says three other schools carried out the drills, as well.

“Tornadoes are always out there in the springtime of the year. We're under a watch today, the principals are well aware of that and monitoring the weather closely,” he said.


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