Kansas Native, Teacher Tell Story Of Survival After Moore Tornado

By: Jeff Herndon Email
By: Jeff Herndon Email

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So many Kansas connection with the Moore, Oklahoma tornado.

Robin Dziedic is a 5th grade teacher at Briarwood Elementary in Moore. The Arkansas City native was at the school, along with her two young childern when the tornado hit.

"I'm amazed that children were not killed in our school."

Robin says they were expecting the weather to turn nasty, but nasty was an understatement. Teaching 5th grade at Briarwood, the Kansas native huddled with about 20 students inside a restroom as the tornado approached.

"The air pressure changed. The doors started rattling, as we heard was not just hail outside."

Dziedzic says the whole building rumbled and she and the children could hear it overhead.

"It sounded mean and scary. Most of us screamed on the top of our lungs. It was like the top of a roller coaster. It was like hold on tight."

Robin and the children survived, along with everyone else at Briarwood Elementary, including her 4th grade soon and 1st grade daughter. Robin is dealing with the what ifs' and the pain of losing colleagues and young children at the other elementary school hit by the EF-5 tornado.

Robin is grateful to be alive, but is now without transportation. She and her family lost their only car in the tornado, one she has had for over 10 years. However, she says a car can be replaced, a life can not.

If you would like to help Robin and her family, a fund has been set up.
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