Enterprise tragedy makes early dismissal here seem a blessing
The tragedy at Enterprise High School on Thursday leaves a void in that community, and community leaders are wondering how to better protect students from deadly tornadoes.
Aside from sending students home in advance of the storm, school officials appear to have taken all of the standard precautions during the bad weather.
Still, eight high school students died and scores were injured as the storm crumbled walls and make a junkyard of cars in the parking lot.
Officials reportedly thought about dismissing school at 1 p.m. but decided students wouldn’t have time to get home before the storm struck. In hindsight, they probably wish they had made the decision to dismiss school earlier.
Schools in Lawrence, Limestone and Morgan counties dismissed early because of the predictions for severe weather. Fortunately for the Valley, the bad weather went elsewhere.
Some parents feel inconvenienced when school officials dismiss students early. Some parents’ grumbling probably turned into prayers as they heard of the Enterprise tragedy.