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One of the most heartbreaking parts from the story out of Moore Oklahoma is students like that little girl caught in their classrooms when the twister hit.
Crews are still searching we believe for anyone that may still be in the rubble at those schools at least seven children are dead.
There have been reports of nine children total.
But more than 75 students were in that school when the tornado struck and we're told as many as thirty may have been rescued.
-- Arabs -- on the numbers now as they say they are very fluid.
But joining us now by phone as gentle Parise she is the superintendent of schools for Oklahoma.
Ma'am thank you so much for taking time out of your busy day to join us here on the Fox News Channel can I ask you about that is it.
Is -- the case that search and rescue efforts are still under way.
At this in particular at the plaza towers elementary school.
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And it it and I am a parent and -- -- -- and Pryor is on adding.
But those children they have been hurt.
This victory is they'll work in on reconciling Eric and amber was the number of -- that part of my appetite and they've picked their way.
Out where trying to get export arm around -- it'll.
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And our hearts go out to you and your whole community I mean as a superintendent of the schools I'm sure you've you are just devastated by these -- these reports of the children.
Who killed the the the latest information.
That we have is that the seven may have drowned in the basement.
When a water main burst and perhaps the ceiling caved in.
Is that your information.
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That would impact and -- children what we've got -- Is that that was the extent that apparently he.
Respect collapse and I am and a water earth Europe a lot of ice -- And big help him kick it out and it it is very big -- 82.
-- -- -- Questions today about for those of us who are you know not living in tornadoes -- so bear with me please forgive me for the question.
But why it why was school in session on a day where you know twisters were.
Eric am a bit bit bad I met here where.
You picked the under a tornado watch and at -- and acting ballot.
We -- -- of course you know that the -- Bartlett have been dormant and we have them.
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And that it was that the -- literally at the ready wit it or do it created so quickly.
Any time win out we know what department having.
But haven't -- thirty and it apparently at all are he would prepare.
It -- so quickly and that the act -- That school -- have.
Meant that the -- It just wasn't enough time and and now some are wondering why a city like more obviously you guys have had more than your share in Oklahoma in general never -- more of these devastating twisters.
Why there were no tornado resistant shelters built on campus.
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You're disparity that are being built.
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We are people I'm more happy.
Throughout the -- indeed I've been contact and get it built by the edit and the -- -- all the crap -- about.
Flatly requiring state -- in every elementary school.
Am I believe like our -- -- they're literally like Allen -- -- about acting on it you.
Is elementary schools in the day.
At cross route it's it's that you can't just wishing you need to actually pay for if you wouldn't mind staying with me.
I'd love to ask you about some of the stories of heroism that are coming out of these schools teachers.
Using their bodies to shield from the little children.
In it and if you're available pick that up right after the -- man.
Back now they're continuing coverage of the devastation in Oklahoma joining me now by phone we continue -- -- used in every scene she's the superintendent of schools.
For Oklahoma and thanks for sticking with me I wanted to ask you first before we moved onto these incredible stories and I want to talk about.
In particular Rhonda cross white who is a fourth grade teacher at plaza.
There were some reports that the school officials had evacuated the fourth fifth and sixth graders.
To us to a church nearby prior to the twister hitting is that true.
-- I don't have a consummate an at bat and the different and that Mueller.
But I you know that they are at a tornado grilled by.
And so that probably was -- at the they gave it the one.
Tornado drill it and after many expect it but what and that.
And Adam that would probably.
-- -- but I have been able to combat it and there.
Would there be any reason for evacuating you know just a few of the grades as opposed I think this is a K through six school.
I think it because they look pretty area while an -- program.
And lack bat they and let other aspect here is -- -- -- -- Many of art though are we better and I and and barrel he -- -- -- I'll play that perhaps it is open so that I'll play at that they.
And and they activate aid yet it is and what they're buying and then at a building that area -- And and on the subject of that I mean beat these students and these teachers.
Are well trained I mean this is not this is not something that is totally unexpected something of this size and strength yes but.
They know what to do when when a twister comes it's just you know what that the facility is strong enough to withstand it has a different story.
-- -- -- -- -- the real bad air act -- a man as I -- and eat it picked it back Moet and one at the met there.
And it -- and very very eerie but iPad is in there.
And on that subject there is a teacher named Rhonda cross weight she spoke with the today -- on Tuesday today.
She spoke of the terror of the little ones as they huddled together in the bathroom stalls in the hallways is the building was crumbling around them.
And a little boy named Damien Klein said that miss cross rate saved his life and the lives of others.
As she used her body to shield them.
From the storm and it and the debris as it as it came down around them and I can't help when I hear that story but to think.
Of Newtown Connecticut.
And the teachers there who found the children.
In grave danger and without a much of -- thought for themselves -- their own lives on the line and then some were killed.
Your thoughts on the on the actions of the teachers as we're hearing them -- told by the students today.
Idea I met on the absolutely not the site but that that they are added that there at the air the -- it well.
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Eating better act now -- -- been doing that -- the -- They used in many ways is their right pity though that I am not -- -- but I bet on -- It and it expects the break for it yet the end they are so and we're all.
Exotic expect them -- -- miracle every day.
Absolutely 11 terrified -- outcry after her love -- I -- you please don't die with me.
To -- what they all what they all went through.
A mystery to thank you very much for being -- best to you as you engage in this recovery effort and the days and weeks to come.
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