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Students Return To School In Okla. After Tornado

August 16, 2013

By Kristi Eaton, AP

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MOORE, Okla. - Students who lost classmates in an Oklahoma tornado three months ago have returned to school, eager to reunite with friends but worried about the next storm.

The Briarwood and Plaza Towers elementary schools were destroyed when an EF5 twister hit Moore on May 20. Two dozen people died, including seven students at the Plaza Towers school.

Parents walked many of their children to classes at a temporary location Friday and cried as they walked away. One parent, Julie Lewis, said her son Zack wanted to know who would pick him up from school the next time the weather turns bad.

Cameron Richardson, a new fourth-grader, had trouble sleeping because a storm swept through the area overnight. He carries an Associated Press photo of his rescue on his cell phone.

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Story image: Students arrive for the first day of school for Plaza Towers Elementary school in their temporary location at Central Jr. High school in Moore, Okla., Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki

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