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An aerial view shows Plaza Towers Elementary School, which was destroyed in Monday’s tornado, in Moore, Okla. Unlike several other schools in the Oklahoma City area, Plaza Towers had no “safe room” in which students and teachers could huddle. The deaths of seven students at Plaza Towers highlights the patchwork of protection that exists at schools in tornado-prone parts of the central U.S.

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Storm protection for students spotty in tornado zones

‘Safe rooms’ for schools?

The federal government offers money to schools in some states if they decide to install reinforced safe rooms. But doing so can still be a daunting financial decision. That dollars-and-cents reality has resulted in a patchwork of protection in tornado-prone areas — sometimes with tragic results.

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