Students Cram Into Arlington Tornado Safe Room

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

(Arlington, TN) From running on the playground to running for cover, severe weather is no joke.

"Most safe conditions that can possibly be for our students," Gina Gore, principal at Arlington Middle School, said.

Arlington built a Tornado Safe Room to keep kids and the community safe.

"Anybody in the town can benefit from this," Mayor Mike Wissman said. "It probably started about 3 and a half years ago."

Students had their first drill on Thursday. They sat with teachers who made sure everyone was accounted for.

Fire officials said it took 8.5 minutes for students to make it from the school to the shelter.

The school hopes to cut down on the time it takes to get from point A to point B.

"We've got some things we need to tweak to make sure this is going to work for us in the event of an actual tornado," Gore said.

After all, practice makes perfect.


  • MikeBarret

    Wait a minute anybody can come to that shelter if there’s a tornado warning??? Does it have metal detectors to stop guns and do they check for registered sexual offenders coming to the shelter during a tornado??? I just want to make sure the hysteria factor is represented on this story.

    • So sad

      Instead of being proud of a caring community that planned a wonderful protective place for its citizens and children, why is there a need to turn this into a divisive, small-minded, jealous thing? This is why this area is going down hill and people are choosing to move away from attitudes like this. Shame, shame, shame.

  • Wisdom

    The shelter was placed there because the research for a grant and hard work was done, not to mention countless work hours put in to get the grant and build it. Wonder why other areas didn’t do their research and work to get one for their area? Hmmmmm

  • ChrisWilliamsisaBigDummy

    Because you blacks would be shooting the place up. Also they are trying to help your race out by letting a Tornado take some of y’all out. That way the statistics of black on black crime will go down clown.

  • ChrisWilliamsisaBigDummy

    I’m with Mike, I hope they are searching these people and making sure there aren’t sexual predators in there. That could get bad.

Comments are closed.