The day after Christmas 12 tornadoes blew through North Texas, killing 11 people and causing $1.2 billion in damages.
In my community alone, there were 171 structures damaged or destroyed--an estimated loss of $20.4 million, according to Ellis County Emergency Management. While my home was untouched (the tornado passed just five to six houses down from us), it heavily damaged Shields Elementary School where our neighborhood children attend.
It was a scary site and the damage to the school was extensive rendering it uninhabitable for the remainder of the school year. Now officials are investigating the building of the school after an engineer who was assessing the tornado damage told The Dallas Morning News that he found "horrific" problems with how the school was built.
With all the devastation that tornadoes bring, the one thing no one should have to worry about is whether their school houses are built to code so they can weather a storm.