“Our character is determined by how we treat the most vulnerable. We must pass the character test.”
Slane said the petition is not a political issue. But one of safety for the more than half a millions students, teachers and faculty in the state.
“Today, we ask many people to come here and reflect on the fact that behind us many children died and were injured,” Slane said. “We want to remind you that each day in Oklahoma, over 506,000 students and faculty remain unprotected from tornadoes.
“After the one-year anniversary, we still have not adopted a comprehensive policy to provide tornado shelter in Oklahoma. We will be kicking off the $500 million bond issue this week.”
Seven school children died inside Plaza Towers Elementary during the May 20, 2013, tornado. Kyle Davis, 8, was among those students.
Kyle’s mother, Mikki Davis, gave an impassioned speech Wednesday on why she has relentlessly fought during the past year to bring this issue to the people of Oklahoma.
“It’s so important. I’m not giving up. I’m still fighting. Not only for my children that are still in school, but for every child, facility member, teacher, cafeteria worker, everybody in the school should be safe,” Davis said. “Those teachers can’t leave. They have to stay. There was tons of teachers throwing their bodies up on kids to save them. That shouldn’t have to happen. They should be down under ground, where they can be safe.
“It took 18 hours before I knew my son was a victim of the Plaza Towers tornado. It’s the longest 18 hours of your life. This is very dear to my heart. I’m not giving up until it’s on that ballot.”
According to Superintendent Robert Romines, no officials from the Moore School District were invited to participate in the press conference. Romines said he didn’t find out about the event until Wednesday morning.