Man Credits Teacher With Saving Children's Lives - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: Deadly Tornado: Man Credits Teacher With Saving Children's Lives

Photo courtesy: MGN Online Photo courtesy: MGN Online

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The father of an 8-year-old Oklahoma boy says a teacher saved his son's life as a tornado tore into their school yesterday.
    
David Wheeler says the teacher at Briarwood Elementary in Oklahoma City took students into a closet and shielded them with her arms as the tornado collapsed the roof and starting lifting children upward. He says the pull was so strong that it sucked the glasses off their faces.
    
As the tornado approached, students at Briarwood Elementary were sent into the halls. But Wheeler says third-grade teacher Julie Simon thought it didn't look safe, so she ushered the children into a closet instead.
    
In Wheeler's words, "She saved their lives by putting them in a closet and holding their heads down."
    
Wheeler says he raced to the school through blinding rain and gusting wind. When he got there, he says "it was like the earth was wiped clean."
    
He eventually found his son, Gabriel, sitting with the teacher who had protected him. His back was cut and bruised and gravel was embedded in his head, but he was alive.
   
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • VIDEO: Police dog "Nitro" does push-ups with officers

    VIDEO: Police dog "Nitro" does push-ups with officers

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 9:36 AM EST2017-11-22 14:36:07 GMT

    GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama police dog shown on video doing pushups with two officers is a big hit on the internet - and it's also intended as a public safety reminder.    Al.com reports that Nitro is a 2-year-old Dutch Shepherd who joined the Gulf Shores Police Department's canine unit in February. In a video police posted to social media, the dog raises up and down as the song "Eye of the Tiger" plays in the background.

    >>

    GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama police dog shown on video doing pushups with two officers is a big hit on the internet - and it's also intended as a public safety reminder.    Al.com reports that Nitro is a 2-year-old Dutch Shepherd who joined the Gulf Shores Police Department's canine unit in February. In a video police posted to social media, the dog raises up and down as the song "Eye of the Tiger" plays in the background.

    >>
  • Disturbing videos on YouTube Kid's app are tricking your kids, and could be hurting them

    Disturbing videos on YouTube Kid's app are tricking your kids, and could be hurting them

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 10:31 PM EST2017-11-22 03:31:12 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash.- Google is cracking down on disturbing cartoons that appear on the YouTube Kid's App. Google owns YouTube, and says it's rolling out new policies in the coming weeks to make sure the cartoons, which appear to be made for kids but have very inappropriate adult-themes, are taken down. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash.- Google is cracking down on disturbing cartoons that appear on the YouTube Kid's App. Google owns YouTube, and says it's rolling out new policies in the coming weeks to make sure the cartoons, which appear to be made for kids but have very inappropriate adult-themes, are taken down. 

    >>
  • Spokane man told to take down American and U.S. Air Force Flag

    Spokane man told to take down American and U.S. Air Force Flag

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 9:35 PM EST2017-11-22 02:35:59 GMT

    Many of us have them, others see them waving from businesses, flagpoles, or homes. We’re talking about the American Flag. On Monday, a Spokane man was told to take his down, along with a United States Air Force flag. The flags were hanging above Nicholas Magee’s balcony at the Deer Run Apartments in North Spokane. “It’s unbelievable that they would serve me that and tell me to tear down my uncles flag,” said Magee. “I would love to fly 

    >>

    Many of us have them, others see them waving from businesses, flagpoles, or homes. We’re talking about the American Flag. On Monday, a Spokane man was told to take his down, along with a United States Air Force flag. The flags were hanging above Nicholas Magee’s balcony at the Deer Run Apartments in North Spokane. “It’s unbelievable that they would serve me that and tell me to tear down my uncles flag,” said Magee. “I would love to fly 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • What happens once 'net neutrality' rules bite the dust?

    What happens once 'net neutrality' rules bite the dust?

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 5:19 PM EST2017-11-22 22:19:15 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) - The Federal Communications Commission formally released a draft of its plan to kill net-neutrality rules, which equalized access to the internet and prevented broadband providers from favoring their own apps and services.    Now the question is: What comes next?    The FCC's move will allow companies like Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to charge internet companies for speedier access to consumers and to block outside services they don't like.

    >>

    NEW YORK (AP) - The Federal Communications Commission formally released a draft of its plan to kill net-neutrality rules, which equalized access to the internet and prevented broadband providers from favoring their own apps and services.    Now the question is: What comes next?    The FCC's move will allow companies like Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to charge internet companies for speedier access to consumers and to block outside services they don't like.

    >>
  • UPDATE: One person shot at north Spokane pot shop

    UPDATE: One person shot at north Spokane pot shop

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 5:03 PM EST2017-11-22 22:03:33 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash.- Spokane Police are looking for the person responsible for robbing a north Spokane pot shop and gun point and shooting an employee Tuesday night. Police say a man wearing dark clothing walked into Starbuds Cannabis on east Francis and held two employees up at gunpoint. The robber fired a round, hitting one of the employees. The victim was taken to the hospital with a non-life threatening injury. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash.- Spokane Police are looking for the person responsible for robbing a north Spokane pot shop and gun point and shooting an employee Tuesday night. Police say a man wearing dark clothing walked into Starbuds Cannabis on east Francis and held two employees up at gunpoint. The robber fired a round, hitting one of the employees. The victim was taken to the hospital with a non-life threatening injury. 

    >>
  • WATCH: Off-duty police officer has shootout with robbers while holding infant son

    WATCH: Off-duty police officer has shootout with robbers while holding infant son

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 4:12 PM EST2017-11-22 21:12:19 GMT

    SAO PAULO - A police officer confronting two robbery suspects might not seem, at first glance, like an unusual story, but security cameras in Brazil captured the harrowing moment where a cop stopping two bad guys came with a baby in the mix. State Police Sergeant Rafael Souza is being called a hero in the Brazilian media after he shot and killed two suspected robbers at a pharmacy in Sao Pauloon on November 19th.

    >>

    SAO PAULO - A police officer confronting two robbery suspects might not seem, at first glance, like an unusual story, but security cameras in Brazil captured the harrowing moment where a cop stopping two bad guys came with a baby in the mix. State Police Sergeant Rafael Souza is being called a hero in the Brazilian media after he shot and killed two suspected robbers at a pharmacy in Sao Pauloon on November 19th.

    >>