"For five hours, I didn't know whether my children were dead or alive in the
"All of us felt it that day in
Speaking to the contingent of media and residents on hand, Slane and his group, Take Shelter Oklahoma, announced their intention to ask voters to approve the issuance of a
"Today, we want to come here and announce on behalf of the families of the children perished in this school behind us for the initiative for Take Shelter Oklahoma," Slane said, "which is the announcement for the initiative for a bond issue to make certain that we have tornado shelters in every public school in the state of
Slane vowed to get the 160,000 petition signatures needed to place the measure on the November ballot.
Past attempts to take the issue to the people of
"It is unacceptable that so many precious children are left unprotected from severe weather outbreaks in public schools," said Jackson, who also reminded listeners that
"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
"After the one-year anniversary, we still have not adopted a comprehensive policy to provide tornado shelter in
Seven school children died inside
"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
Slane said he reached out to Gov.
"We went back to the drawing board," Slane said. "We wanted to have this bond issue. We will let the legislature fund it how they think it's appropriate to fund it so there won't be problems. We simply want to get the signatures on the ballot in November so we can get some tornado shelters in the schools for these kids.
"I tried to reach out to the attorney general today to look at our petition before we even file it next week. If there are any problems, we can work it out and avoid a legal battle. Regardless, we're going to move forward and get it on the ballot."
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