Oklahoma Tornado Stories of Heroism and Bravery

Hero teacher, a survivor of the Oklahoma tornado, recalls the moments the tornado hit.
4:23 | 05/22/13

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Pi thomts, abc news, washington. Now the latest tonight on the big story we've been covering this week, the direct hit twister outbreak in oklahoma. Tonight an abc news exclusive, cellphone video of what happened in one elementary school. By the way, president obama will visit oklahoma this weekend, and abc's david muir leads our coverage once again tonight with that exclusive. David? Reporter: Diane, good evening, and for the first time tonight we hear and see the moment that tornado hit one of those two elementary schools. In this case, briar elementary. The national weather service telling us winds were more than 200 miles per hour at that point. As you're about to see, as that twister hovered over the school, it was pitch black, and terrifying inside. This is the moment the monstrous tornado hit briarwood elementary. For the first time, we see what students saw huddled in that bathroom. Complete darkness. And this is what they heard. Reporter: As the pressure from the tornado took hold of that school, that bathroom, felt the air pushing down. It's almost over. It's almost over! Reporter: Their teacher promising it would end. It's almost over. I hate this! Reporter: You hear one of the students tell her, I hate this. Honey, it's okay. It's almost over. It's almost over. It's almost over. Reporter: You can hear the teacher with the whistle, trying to calm the students. Keep your heads down! Reporter: Crying, they leave the bathroom. Wow, oh, my god. Oh, my god. Oh, my god, my house. Oh, my god! Oh, my god. Oh, my god. Oh, my god. Reporter: They walk the hallways. Oh my god! Oh, my god! Reporter: Giant pieces of debris. You can hear the students distraught. Then they walk outside. Once outside, the teacher, now worried about two other students. Her sam sam, a first grader, her daughter in fourth grade. And then in front of her, sam appears. It's okay, honey. Reporter: Then the moment dad arrives. Sam, there's daddy. Reporter: She tells him she hasn't found their daughter. And he finds her alive. Joey! Reporter: The parking lot, once filled with teachers and parents' cars right there on the right, empty. And late today, authorities allowing us to bring her back to that school. As we talk toward it, the first thing we notice, the mangled playground. Oh, there's our playground. Reporter: This is the playground here? This is the playground. Reporter: Tears from the teacher who could not believe what she was seeing. The first grade classroom back in the corner there, where her son's teacher was lying on top of them and the other students to keep them safe. Reporter: Look at this, right here in the middle of the school, a car, landing from the parking lot. Just beyond that car, she takes me underneath the twifted metal, down the hallways, all that's left in the school. Among the only wall standing, that brick wall to the bathroom where her class was saved. This is where we walked down, and I was right here. Reporter: Federal authorities were here today and again questions around the safe rooms and why there were not any in either of those two schools. We learned it can cost up to $300 a square foot, but diane, a lot of parents believe you can't put a price tag on safety. That conversation has begun. One other thing to show you. The teacher who found her own safe room, that bathroom, we found this today. Her students had made this for her because they were going on to middle school. They had just three days left. She said she'll cherish this photo. We'll get it back to her after the broadcast. So many stories, but that was truly stunning.

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