For those of us lucky enough to have never experienced a tornado, it’s nearly impossible to imagine what that event would feel like as it happened.
But a 5th grade teacher at Briarwood Elementary in Oklahoma, Okla., one of two schools ravaged by tornadoes this week, captured that moment of impact on video. According to ABC News, Robin Dziedzic was huddled with about 25 students in a dark bathroom when the twister hit the school. She recorded those terrifying seconds and afterward, when she and her students emerged into the daylight. The footage is a bit hard to see, but the audio is haunting. Dziedzic tells students, “It’s almost over.” A student yells, “I hate this!” The adult female voice responds, “Honey, it’s OK.”
The students and teachers at Briarwood all survived. Tragically, at Plaza Towers Elementary, another school in the Moore district, seven children did not.
The footage, from ABC, is below.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Teaching Now blog.