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Henryville teacher reflect while watching Oklahoma tragedy

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The elementary and high schools in Henryville were damaged by a tornado last March. The elementary and high schools in Henryville were damaged by a tornado last March.
Kristi Hunter and other teachers protected students during the Henryville tornado. Kristi Hunter and other teachers protected students during the Henryville tornado.
Hunter watched closely as a tornado destroyed schools in Moore, Oklahoma. Hunter watched closely as a tornado destroyed schools in Moore, Oklahoma.
HENRYVILLE, Ind. -

Several Indiana teachers put their lives on the line just a year ago when two F-4 tornadoes hit Henryville and destroyed the elementary and high school.

When Henryville Elementary School Teacher Kristi Hunter saw the devastation in Moore, Oklahoma, she remembered how close she, her students, and fellow teachers came to death.

"Monday, seeing them pull those kids out, because that, that would have been us," said Hunter.

Hunter has only had to look at the images in Oklahoma to be taken back immediately to the moments of terror in Henryville, wondering if she and some of her own students were going to die, with a tornado bearing down on them at Henryville Elementary School.

"You just have to be brave for the kids and be like, 'This is it. No we're not, yes, we're all going to be okay'," said Hunter.

Hunter admitted, though, she really didn't know what was about to happen when those tornadoes hit.

"It's kind of lying to yourself and to them to make, to make it seem, to make them seem okay," explained Hunter.

Fortunately, most of the students had already been sent home early because of the chance for tornadoes that day.

"It was definitely what we were supposed to do, because we would have had what Oklahoma had in digging through rubble to find children," said Hunter.

Fifteen kids, though, were still at the school when the tornadoes hit. Hunter and other staff members huddled with them in the office.

"Kids were crying. They were upset and wanted that reassurance," remembered Hunter.

Hunter said doing that - protecting those children - was a given.

"They're ours. I would do anything to save my own kids because they're...they're mine and I really think of them as mine," Hunter said.

Hunter said that how the teachers in Oklahoma are feeling right now as they try to rebuild.

"The kids need you," said Hunter. "They're our babies."

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