May 21st, 2013
11:27 PM ET

Teacher hid kids in closet during twister

Janice Brim heeded her husband's advice and found a safe place to protect her students at Plaza Towers Elementary during the Oklahoma tornado. Mark Brim, who works in construction, had warned that a hallway would not be adequate.

Immediately after the storm hit, Mark raced to his wife's school. When he saw the destruction, he feared the worst. He remembers thinking, "There's no way that anybody could walk away from this."

Tragically, there were fatalities in the school, but Janice and the five children who were with her survived. "I told the kids 'We may get rained on if it lifts the roof off. We are hanging tight. We're going to stay strong right here,'" she tells Anderson Cooper.  The couple believes seeking shelter in the closet was a lifesaving decision.

Neighbors helped pull Janice and her students from the crushed school. Mark was there as Janice emerged from the rubble and both stayed on the scene to help others.

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  1. PV

    This Guy needs to be the next head of school construction and school safety for Oklahoma, we may need him to go to Washington.

    May 22, 2013 at 5:43 pm |