Safe Room ground breaking ceremony held for several LPS schools - KSWO 7News | Breaking News, Weather and Sports

Safe Room ground breaking ceremony held for several LPS schools

(Source KSWO) (Source KSWO)
(Source KSWO) (Source KSWO)
(Source KSWO) (Source KSWO)

LAWTON, OK (KSWO) –This weekend will mark five years since a tornado ripped through Moore killing seven students at Plaza Towers Elementary School. Talks of safe rooms in schools have become a hot topic ever since.

Thursday, Lawton Public Schools' leaders, teachers, parents and students held a Safe Room ground breaking ceremony at seven elementary schools in the district.

Workers will tear down a portable classroom and  build a safe room for students at Carriage Hills Elementary School. Parents and teachers said they're excited that kids will now have a safe place to go to when storms strike the area.

"Oh we are so excited having an open space school has always been a challenge for us to keep our kids safe when a storm might be coming."Cheryl Scammahorn.

"If there is a bad storm or an intruder we can go to the safe room so nothing will get really damaged and no one will get hurt," Donovan Krusinsky.

In the past, students have taken shelter in other area inside the schools.

"We were going into rooms that did not have windows and then are hallways that's the most of our kids, it didn't feel safe to us," Scammahorn said.

"We took shelter in the hallways by the bathrooms because they were the only walls that would protect us," said Tiana Braxton.

But now, safety will no longer be a concern with the new safe room.

"They will all have ventilation, have restroom facilities they're made to withstand 250 miles per hour wind storms. They are missile impact tested with 2 by 4's traveling 100 miles per hour, they've all got muti-point locks on the doors," Corey Miller said.

The 3,000 square feet facility is made of concrete and there is enough room to shelter every student, teacher and staff.

"They're incredibly important just to provide additional space for learning with the facilities they have now this will add to the square footage of teaching space," Ryan Rebsamen said.

One parent said it feels good to know her children will be safe.

"It's extremely exciting that they're going to have a safe space that they can go to. You know we've got another baby that's coming into the school in a couple of years, so knowing that both of our kids are going to have a safe place while they're here it just makes you feel really good cause they're here 7 plus hours a day and you want to know your kids are safe," Amanda Nunez said.

When bad weather is known to strike at anytime, school leaders says safety should at the top of the list.

"Especially in Oklahoma all schools should have storm shelters because that is the way we can keep our students safe. When we have to go into bathrooms or hallways it just doesn't feel like we are in the right situation to keep the students from being harmed," Scammahorn said.

Construction will start soon and workers hope to have the safe rooms complete by May of next year. Each safe room cost about one-million dollars and they're being paid for through the 2017 school bond.
Including Carriage Hills, Sullivan Village, Crosby Park, Hugh Bish, Almore West, Edison and Woodland Hills Elementary will also get safe rooms.

School officials said a safe room will be built and Whittier Elementary School later this year.

Copyright 2018 KSWO. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Authorities: Suspected restaurant gunman had gun license

    Authorities: Suspected restaurant gunman had gun license

    Friday, May 25 2018 1:02 AM EDT2018-05-25 05:02:34 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 6:25 PM EDT2018-05-25 22:25:38 GMT
    (Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman via AP). Jennifer Stong hugs Tasha Hunt outside the scene of a shooting on the east side of Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 24, 2018. Stong was inside the restaurant when the shooting occurred.(Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman via AP). Jennifer Stong hugs Tasha Hunt outside the scene of a shooting on the east side of Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 24, 2018. Stong was inside the restaurant when the shooting occurred.

    Police: Man armed with pistol shot and wounded two customers at Oklahoma City restaurant before being shot dead by handgun-carrying civilian in parking lot.

    Police: Man armed with pistol shot and wounded two customers at Oklahoma City restaurant before being shot dead by handgun-carrying civilian in parking lot.

  • Handcuffed Weinstein faces rape charge in #MeToo reckoning

    Handcuffed Weinstein faces rape charge in #MeToo reckoning

    Friday, May 25 2018 12:22 AM EDT2018-05-25 04:22:30 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 6:25 PM EDT2018-05-25 22:25:03 GMT
    (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2017, file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives at The Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes afterparty in Beverly Hills, Calif. Law enforcement officials say Weinstein is expected to...(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2017, file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives at The Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes afterparty in Beverly Hills, Calif. Law enforcement officials say Weinstein is expected to...

    Harvey Weinstein is expected to turn himself in to police in New York City early Friday following a seven-month investigation into sexual assault allegations.

    Harvey Weinstein is expected to turn himself in to police in New York City early Friday following a seven-month investigation into sexual assault allegations.

  • Ireland referendum could lift strict ban on abortion

    Ireland referendum could lift strict ban on abortion

    Friday, May 25 2018 2:32 AM EDT2018-05-25 06:32:46 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 6:24 PM EDT2018-05-25 22:24:14 GMT
    (Clodagh Kilcoyne/PA via AP). Presiding officer Carmel McBride looks on as a woman casts her vote in the referendum on the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution, on Thursday May 24, 2018, a day early for the people that live off the coast of Donegal ...(Clodagh Kilcoyne/PA via AP). Presiding officer Carmel McBride looks on as a woman casts her vote in the referendum on the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution, on Thursday May 24, 2018, a day early for the people that live off the coast of Donegal ...

    Voters throughout Ireland have begun casting votes in a referendum that may lead to a loosening of the country's strict ban on most abortions.

    Voters throughout Ireland have begun casting votes in a referendum that may lead to a loosening of the country's strict ban on most abortions.

Powered by Frankly