Schools Face Tough Calls With Tornado Outbreak

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

HENRYVILLE, Ind. (AP) - School officials say tornadoes like the ones that devastated rural communities in Indiana, Kentucky and other states Friday pose unique challenges because they strike suddenly, leaving little time to scramble to safety.

Some school officials prefer to dismiss early when there's a warning, saying it lessens the chance of a massive loss of life.

But others say they can't do that every time there's a storm since many often don't develop into funnel clouds, and in some communities, school buildings offer the best protection.

Students in Henryville, Ind., got lucky Friday. They were already on their buses when tornado sirens went off. The drivers raced them home, and all are safe. Meanwhile, the tornado hit their school, tearing it apart.

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