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Teacher’s recording captures harrowing moments during tornado

The chilling screams of students and teachers can be heard on a newly released audio recording, which was made as a killer tornado swept through Briarwood Elementary School in Oklahoma City.

The audio, broadcast by KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City on Thursday, was apparently recorded by a teacher, one of many people in the school who sought shelter in a bathroom.

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In the recording, teachers can be heard shouting to reassure students as the tornado barrels down.

“You’re OK, you’re OK!” a voice yells, amid students’ screams.

PHOTOS: Powerful tornado slams Oklahoma

Briarwood was heavily damaged, but everyone inside survived.

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The twister continued northeast, however, hitting nearby Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., full on. Plaza Towers collapsed, and seven children died.

Neither school had tornado-safe rooms.

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In all, Monday’s tornado killed 24 people, including 10 children.

stephen.ceasar@latimes.com

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