High schools: Practices called off long before tornado hit Moore

Knowing the threat of tornadoes was forecast for the metro area round 3 p.m., Moore School administrators had made the decision Monday morning that there would be no after-school activities beyond the regular sixth-period athletic hour.
by Scott Wright Published: May 20, 2013
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“The administrators told us early in the day that we needed to have our kids out by 3 p.m., so there would be no after-school activities,” Westmoore football coach Billy Langford said. “We were planning to practice, but we called it off.

“We were in our athletic hour at about 2:30 when we got the call to take the kids to the safe room. We just hung out there with the rest of the student body until it all passed.”

At one point, Westmoore High School was in the projected path of the tornado. Unlike other schools in the district, it was spared.

“It was coming at us, but it turned. We're all safe, thankfully,” Langford said. “But I know we've got a lot of kids with family members and friends who were impacted by this. It was just terrible to see.”

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by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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