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May 29, 2013

Enfield has story to tell, team to run

NORMAN — At about 2:50 p.m. last Monday, Shannon Enfield was in his classroom at Southmoore High School when an announcement came over the intercom.

“They said to hold the kids in place because they’re monitoring severe weather,” Enfield said.

A few moments later, city weather sirens could be heard. Then, the intercom clicked back to life, only to seemingly go ead. Enfield directed his students.

“I told the kids to run,” he said.

Not just anywhere. There are safe rooms at Southmoore for such occasion.

“They knew the room number,” Enfield said. “We had done the drill before.”

Less than a minute later, the intercom came back to life. Everybody was told to get downstaris to their safe rooms.

“I went down the north stairwell and, as we came out, on the bottom floor, I looked to my left which is where the doors leading outside the building are,” said Enfield, who could see through windows facing the same direction. “It looked like midnight in Waco. It looked like the air was in motion.”

Over the next hour, many Southmoore students would come to learn that their homes had been lost in the storm. In all, Enfield has heard as many as 200 students may have lost their homes. Also, Enfield learned a lesson that some students react differently to academics and mortality.

“Some high school kids won’t move when I tell them to open their book,” he said. “They’ll move when I tell them to run.”

Nobody at the high school has been unaffected.

“Every kid that goes to Plaza Towers goes to Southmoore,” Enfield said. “Every kid that goes to Briarwood goes to Southmoore.”

Also, while the tornado has wreaked mortal, physical and financial damage. It has also thrown a wrench into the summer baseball season. Consider it a very small story within a much bigger story. Still, it’s an important story.

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