Teachers: Unsung Heroes of the Oklahoma City Tornado

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

As the road to recovery begins for the people affected by the Oklahoma City Tornado Monday, unsung heroes have emerged out of this tragedy. People whose jobs helped to save lives, keep others calm, and keep the public informed. Among them are the school teachers who rushed their students to safety.

Heather Meldrum is a fifth grade teacher at the Stanley F. Hupfeld Academy in the Oklahoma City Public School System. She is the recipient of the OKCPS District Teacher of the Year award. 

Richelle Taylor is a also a teacher at the Stanley F. Hupfeld Academy. Her own children were at a Moore school during the tornadoes. 


Heather Meldrum and Richelle Taylor

Produced by:

Mythili Rao

Comments [3]

Matt smotzer from Brooklyn


What about housing? Where are the displaced hundreds finding shelter?

May. 22 2013 03:33 PM
Tameem from Miami

I want people to try and take out emotion and and look at it from a practical and more logical view, and ask the harder question of if they should rebuild? here sits a community of people in the dead center of an area prone to have one of mother natures most devastating forces. A force that can manifest within minutes and without warning, leaving a path of destruction and wiping away any sense of recognizable history behind it. Thousands left homeless. family and friends killed. Oklahoma has had 3473 Tornadoes in the past 50 years. Averaging between 40 to 90 tornadoes annually. I am thinking of the people that live in these areas. How much suffering and pain can one community take? how many times will people roll the dice against mother natures fury? Eventually people need to wise up and say No! you can not build here because you are putting your life in danger and your home will be swept away again. There is going to Millions and dollars pouring into the Oklahoma to help the victims which they are in desperate need of. but all of this will be pointless when another 2 mile Tornado rears its nastiness and rips everything to bits once again. A similar discussion was raised after Katrina. My 2 cents is people should take the money donated and use it toward relocating to somewhere less dangerous.

May. 22 2013 01:02 PM

If these teachers who live in "Tornado Alleys" are truly "HERE FOR THEIR CHILDREN," they would INSIST that ALL SCHOOLS in these regions are equipped with safe tornado cellars. Apparently this "tornado infested region" of our country has the strongest and by far THE MOST tornadoes on the planet.

May. 22 2013 09:17 AM

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