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Local man petitions for storm shelters at schools

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Nearly a dozen children died in Moore, Oklahoma after the tornado tore through their elementary school. Now one area man wants to make sure other school children never face that same fate.

Chris Haymes says schools in high risk areas need to build storm shelters. He's petitioning the Obama Administration to fund it. But he needs 100,000 signatures before the administration will even look at it.

Haymes has a long way to go until then. He only has a handful of signatures. But he says some prominent names in Hollywood, such as actor Mark Ruffalo, signed it. Ruffalo even tweeted Haynes, commending his efforts for change.

Haymes hopes celebrity star power and media attention will encourage people to sign and make schools safer.

"A tornado can happen anywhere. My kids they go to Stillman district and they're in hallways as far as I know of. We saw what happened with Oklahoma with the hallways, it's not good," said Haymes.

If you would like to sign the online petition, Click Here

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