No shelter in a storm for some Baxter Springs residents - KOAM TV 7

No shelter in a storm for some Baxter Springs residents

A new storm is brewing in Baxter Springs, Kansas after several people were left outside the public middle schools storm shelter.

Nichols Pitts and his family were among those in danger.

"Mothers screaming, kids screaming no one knew what to do," said Pitts.

Every door of the school was locked some even tried to break out a window to gain entrance.

Pitts says more than 20 people were outside as they watched the tornado touch down.

Alisha Gilmore was also at the school with her six-year-old son.

"He's still scared and he talks about it every day. He was screaming in the car mommy you're driving so fast, but I was just trying to get out of here," said Gilmore.

According to the district's websites, in the event of a tornado warning in Baxter Springs, USD 508 will have shelters available to the public after school hours.

The district's two other shelters were open, but the middle school was not because the person in charge had not made it to the shelter.

"Because of the nature of the storm our person who opens the middle school was not able to get there in time before the tornado hit," said USD 508 Superintendent Dennis Burke.

Burke says they've already made adjustments and reevaluated their plans.

The two families are looking for an apology.

Gilmore says, "I would like an apology and I think everyone there needs an apology."

My family was okay, but that was just by chance. It could have been a lot worse," said Pitts.

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