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Carl Junction high school senior reflects on tornado that touched down 12 year ago

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On a regular school day, two weeks before he graduates high school, Bobby Beyer is look back.

"I can't believe it's been twelve years. It feels like five, it really does."

Beyer was in Kindergarten when an F-3 tornado touched down in Carl Junction.  

It all happened right by his house.

"Sirens went off. When you live around here you're used to the sirens, nothing ever happens, they're always false alarms. But that day was a little different."

Beyer was home when the tornado hit. He says right before, he went into the bathtub with his mother and two brothers. He  remembers his father standing at the front door, watching outside.

"He says he could see the whole roof of the school lift off," he said.

The tornado spared Beyers' home, while most of the damage done was to the schools, which caused the school year to end early for Beyer and his classmates.  

Kindergarten teacher Debbie Starks says this was hard on the children.  

'We didn't really get to say much to those kids or anything, so. It was kind of a different thing. We also were thinking of the buildings and things like that so the rest of the school year was non existent."

"I remember not going back to school," said Beyer. "Which, back then, you know, kids love school. So it was kinds of like, oh man."

Now, 12 years later, school in Carl Junction is ending again for Beyer and his classmates. But this time, on a positive note. 
And Beyer has big changes ahead of him.

"I start June 1st at welding school in Tulsa, Oklahoma."

"It's really really hard to believe that they are seniors now and that it's been twelve years," said Starks. "I'm excited for them to move on with the next chapter of their lives."

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