Children Are Among the Many Dead After Nightmare Oklahoma Tornado (VIDEO)

Oklhahoma tornadoThe initial death toll for the devastating two-mile-wide tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma for a shocking 40 minutes Monday afternoon, is presumed to be 24, lower than previous counts from last night that had it as high as 91. Though it might continue to climb, at least some of the dead are children. It's an absolute nightmare scenario, a tragedy beyond any kind of comprehension.

The state's medical examiner's office said the office anticipates 40 more deaths from Monday's twister. This isn't a movie. This is real life. It's possibly the worst tornado in history and is coming on the heels of so many tragedies in the past few months, it's almost impossible to process.

For those in the path of the storm, things were fine one minute, and 10 minutes later, everything was destroyed. It's the kind of thing that makes you ask why? Why do things like this happen? There is no explanation.

There are heroes, of course. Teachers who embraced scared children and comforted them before their parents could arrive. Teachers who led students out of the schools, holding their hands and carrying them. The photos are profound and moving. Just as they were from another school tragedy just a few months ago. After the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, teachers were heroes.

Now we see this again at Plaza Towers Elementary School and Briarwood Elementary School in Moore, Oklahoma. Teachers are heroes.

As a parent, I know this every single day when I send my children to school. They come home full of excitement and new information. But I also trust my children's teachers with their lives and, for the most part, I think that trust is well placed.

People always pay lip service to teachers not being paid enough, but then bash them when it comes to union negotiations and such. How many school tragedies is it going to take for us to look at the selflessness of teachers. They are bloodied and battered in the photos out of Oklahoma, but they are still carrying children. They are still thinking of our babies first.

There are no words for my gratitude and appreciation of those teachers and my sorrow at the many losses in Oklahoma yesterday. Many were asking how to explain these deaths to children and there probably is no way. At least none that makes sense.

How can we possibly explain a storm as massive as this one that can come along on a perfectly normal day and destroy everything in its path.

See footage below:

My heart is breaking for Oklahoma. We have to focus on the good -- the heroes -- or we will lose our minds. But I can't stray far from the sobering and horrifying facts of this situation. When all is said and done, close to 100 people may have lost their lives on a perfect May afternoon. That is just simply beyond comprehension or reason.

Have you seen any heroic stories that moved you?


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sylph... sylph_ironlight

CNN is reporting that the medical examiner has an additional 40 bodies, and is estimating that 20 of them are children :(

Lili0509 Lili0509

Its just so sad.....I can't imagine the pain the parents are going through waiting to hear about their children or those who have lost their baby....just praying for them :'(

manda... manda2301

I could never imagine sending my child to school and then them not come home and wonder if they are one of the many dead and or missing and not knowing if they are under rubble or what and not identified yet. it is sooo sad. I feel so sorry for these parents I hope these parents get the peace of mind soon and pray for everyone during this time.

Irela... Ireland69

My prayers go to all of these families that have lost their loved ones. 

nonmember avatar MistyMama

"Oh my God guys, oh my God". Why don't you get out of the fu*^ing car and search for people?! It's really sad when you would rather get a video than help. Disgusting.

nonmember avatar MammaMel

AMEN about the teachers! They are in a profession where their compensation is far less than it should be...but they would never hesitate to put their lives on the line for your babies.

nonmember avatar Kim

Um they pulled over to help at the end? Way to rush to judgement..

LostS... LostSoul88

Please let the numbers stay low.... I broke down crying at work after reading the firsr report about 20 plus children killed...  If my children were older I would be running down to OK to help out with everything. 

ABHol... ABHolling obviously don't live in Oklahoma and have no idea what being in, near, or around a tornado is like so please just keep your ignorant comments to yourself.

I am from Oklahoma. I live about an hour away from where this happened. Trust me when I say all of us band together to do everything we can to help anyone in need. If anyone would like to help you can text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to disaster relief FOOD to 32333 to donate $10 to the OK Regional Food Bank or STORM to 80888 to donate $10 to Salvation Army. Anything helps and these charges go right on your cell phone bill so it makes everything so simple. Please give anything you can.

ruby_... ruby_jewel_04

My grandparents are from Oklahoma. My Grandma told me stories about being in storms like that as a child. Seeing this video, it's terrifying. I can't imagine what going through that us like. My thoughts and prayers go out to all affected. I hope the parents who lost their children find some comfort. The heartbreak they feel is unimaginable.

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