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Henryville principal plans to go to Oklahoma to help victims

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Crews searching though the rubble in Moore, Oklahoma. Crews searching though the rubble in Moore, Oklahoma.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - In the aftermath of the deadly tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma, our thoughts go back to Henryville, Indiana where a tornado hit last year and the first focus seemed to be the same: The children. Everyone wanted to know how are the children who got on the school bus when the tornado hit and how the children were who took cover at the school.

In Moore some of the children, CNN reports at least 20, could not escape the deadly tornado. Henryville High Principal Troy Albert said it was hard to hear some students didn't make it in Moore and that's why after graduation is over, he's going to Oklahoma to help in any way he can.

"We know that there are casualties at the school," Albert said, "And we're praying for those families."

Monday night in Moore, it was still unclear how many children may be in the rubble of the Plaza Towers Elementary School. Briarwood Elementary, not far away, was also hit. Some students sheltered in place according to NBC's KFOR. The twister took the roof off the building and knocked down it's cinder block walls.

Albert explained when he saw the devastation in Oklahoma the feelings came back that he had during the March 2, 2012 tornado in Henryville. Then he started thinking what's going on there and what can we do? "We are thinking of them as they are going through this time of trouble and the principals in those elementary schools and I hope the community is patient with them because I'm sure they did their best."

Hearing about the children not making it, wears on his heart especially since Henryville, luckily didn't suffer any deaths of students.

"That was the hardest thing to hear," he said, "We are just praying for those families right now and we are just thankful and blessed that we didn't have any (deaths), and I really go back and think, I'm sure they (principals and teachers) followed their safety plans and again did the best they could, but that was a two-mile-wide tornado that went through there and that's just amazing that anybody survived. "

Albert said he really feels it's important to give back to those victims and help in the rebuilding process.

After the school year wraps up Albert, possibly with a group, will leave the day after graduation and spend several days in the tornado ravaged area to try and help in the recovery process.

"Just like people did with us," he said, "I think it's really important thing for us to give back as a Henryville community and my wife and I really feel strongly about that."

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