MOORE, Okla. – Plaza Towers elementary in Moore will soon be cleared away by demolition crews.
Seven children lost their lives at the school.
Some Plaza Towers parents said the demolition will be an emotional step forward.
The plan is to start tearing down what’s left of the school Thursday morning.
From the moment an EF-5 tornado leveled the school, students began relaying terrifying tales of survival.
“My daughter’s teacher laid on top of her to save her life,” parent Fio Varillas said.
Fio said her daughter still mourns each of those victims; Nicolas, Emily, Sydney, Kyle, Christopher, Janae and Antonia.
“My daughter knows all these kids; her class was next to theirs,” Varillas said.
District leaders said demolition on Plaza Towers and nearby Briarwood Elementary will begin this week.
Right now the plan is to rebuild both schools on the same sites, this time with shelters making both safer than ever.
“Absolutely, we will be looking at shelters as we rebuild them,” district superintendent Susie Pierce said.
The father of one first grade student, who returned to the school for the first time Wednesday, said he hopes demolition and reconstruction helps with the healing.
“You’re gonna have to move on,” Scott Cook said. “You can’t leave it an eyesore.”
Still, when Plaza Towers is rebuilt, Fio said she isn’t sure if her two kids will want to return.
“I think it’s gonna be painful,” Varillas said. “It’s not gonna be the same. Nothing is ever going to be the same.”
Once the old Plaza Towers and Briarwood are torn down, they plan to reopen both schools in 2014.