Brindlee Mt. Primary tornado cleanup continues, community reaches out to help

WAAY 31 went past the yellow tape with the school's resource officer to get a closer look.

Posted: Jan 13, 2020 5:42 PM
Updated: Jan 14, 2020 8:27 AM

Deputy Ken Baker has walked the Brindlee Mountain Primary halls for almost three years as the school resource officer.

"This is where the kids were, teachers. This is where a family was a loving family, really," said Baker.

Now, that family is working to save and clean up what they can. Principal Terry Allen says they're keeping a positive attitude.

"No one is griping or complaining. Everyone is hugging one another and helping one another and loving one another, because that's what we do," said Allen.

"My first thought was, I hope Rodney, the custodian, wasn't here because he's here all the time," said Baker.

Luckily, no one was hurt. On Monday, there's plenty of cleanup to do and plenty of Marshall County school staff stepping in to help.

"They're all working right now to figure out how they're going to absorb 254 kids in their school. They didn't say, 'Well, I can't do this. Well, I can't do this.' It was, 'This is what we can do. This is what we got, and this is what we can do to make more resources available,'" said Baker.

Next door at the convenience store, Amanda Bowman says customers have been asking all day if she knows of ways they can help. One even opened a line of credit at the gas station for Brindlee Mt. staff but asked to remain anonymous.

"This is a small community. We always come together when something happens," said Bowman.

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