CARL JUNCTION, Mo. – Friday marked the 15th anniversary of the tornado that swept through Carl Junction, leaving a trail of destruction in its path.
The Carl Junction School was one of the facilities affected. There were $6.5 million dollars in damages, and it took more than a year for the school to be re-established. Superintendent Dr. Phillip Cook says most of the children attending Carl Junction schools now don’t know the extent of the damage left behind by the tornado, but Cook remembers the community support that came from the disaster.
“I remember that summer of 2003, hundreds of people that were here and kept coming up and saying, ‘You know what, Mr. Cook, we are going to get this building back together for you, so these kids can come back.’ That’s what I remember,” says Dr. Phillip Cook.
Dr. Cook was the assistant superintendent in 2003 during the time of the tornado.