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John Marshall Elementary students and staff talk tornado drills

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) -

A statewide tornado drill sounded early Thursday afternoon. It's part of the Wisconsin Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness week.
    
John Marshall Elementary in Wausau participates each year.
    
School staff said the drill made some students nervous, but believe it's important to give students the experience in case the worst were to happen.

"We were just practicing for a tornado in case one really does come through because it's important to be ready," student Brecken Bancuk said. "It's something we gotta do and you gotta be respectful of it."

"I'm thinking that I need to take it like it's the real thing so I know what to expect when or if a real one comes through," Abbey Olson, another student, said.

Amanda Patterson, the John Marshall Elementary Principal, was content with the quick and quiet response of the elementary students.

"It's our opportunity to practice having students be prepared for severe weather if it were to happen, because it's definitely a reality here in Wisconsin," said Patterson.

The national weather service reports, on average, there are 23 tornadoes in Wisconsin each year.

"Our biggest thing that we want kids to is be listening to what the adults are telling them to do so that way then they're following the directions and getting to those safe locations quickly and quietly," added Patterson.

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