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Oklahoma students in RI head home to devastation

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Andrea Medeiros


As the devastation was hitting Oklahoma,a group of students from that area was in Boston for a senior field trip. All they could do was watch helplessly and pray that their loved ones were okay.

Tuesday, they're heading back home, boarding a plane out of TF Green Airport.

While they were exploring Plymouth and Boston, Monday, when they got a harrowing phone call that heir hometown was being pummeled by a tornado. Now, they don't know what to expect when they get home.

Five dozen students from Oklahoma held hands and prayed before leaving TF Green airport for home.

"I can't even imagine what my house looks like or the neighborhood," said Payton Vangorp, "The whole town of Moore, I can't even imagine what it looks like right now."

  A picture from Vangorp's family shows what's left of her neighborhood, It's unrecognizable. Part of the roof of the home she grew up in now torn off, ravaged by the tornado.

"Just that 20,25 minutes not being able to get ahold of anyone was just really nerve racking," said Vangorp, "But it was just a relief I finally got news that everyone was safe."

Vangorp, her classmates and teachers at the Christian Heritage Academy in Del City Oklahoma, just outside of the storm ravaged area, got word about the tornado Monday afternoon. They've been on a senior class trip in Boston for the past week.

"The headmaster David Holmes, that I was with, looked at me and said it's not good. Where do you live?," said teacher Dr. Susan DeMoss, "I said on 134 street and he said that's where it's headed."

"Now that calculus teacher knows all of the family members from their group are safe, she's already sprung into action all the way from New England.

"People who are with us here in Boston have called back home and said bring the generators, bring the water," said Dr. DeMoss.

The group is taking it one day at a time. For now, just focusing on getting home and helping their families rebuild.

Their church is in an area that's under martial law. It's two blocks from where the tornado hit.

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