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May 21st, 2013
06:02 PM ET

5th grader survives twister that flattened her school

Fifth grader Lauryn Fugate was a student at Plaza Towers Elementary School, one of the two Oklahoma schools flattened by Monday's deadly tornado, and where at least seven young students were killed.

Fugate said when the tornado hit, everything came down around her.

"The roof caved in on all of us, while we were in the school," Fugate said.

The fifth and sixth graders huddled in the school's bathrooms as the tornado destroyed their school.

"All we heard was lot of rumbling, and then stuff falling on our heads," said Fugate. Part of the roof fell on Fugate's head, and the vent fell on her best friend, who is okay.

When Fugate found her mother after the tornado hit, she was very emotional.

"I started crying, and I like hugged her and stuff. I was like 'I love you Mom!'" said Fugate, who, reunited with her family, was all smiles today.

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