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Teen drivers were released from school early and into dangerous driving conditions during a winter storm. Teen drivers were released from school early and into dangerous driving conditions during a winter storm.
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MADISON, AL (WAFF) -

School leaders across Madison County want to make sure what happened Thursday in Madison doesn't happen again. Teen drivers were released from school early and into dangerous driving conditions during a winter storm.

"I just turned 16 in July, and it hasn't really snowed since then, so I didn't really know what to do," said Bob Jones High School junior Kathryn Wingenter.

Wingenter's story is very common in the hallways of Bob Jones High School. The students were let out right as the winter storm moved into the area causing a lot panic and chaos.

Administrators tried their best to get students out before the snow hit. Principal Robby Parker talked to students on the intercom but went one step farther by using twitter to send out information on the roads.

"If they're here we know it's a different situation than if they're coming here," said Parker. "Yesterday, we gave every student the opportunity to stay if they needed to. The situation deteriorated quickly."

Bob Jones senior Kayla Wilson had never driven in the snow.

"It was terrifying," said Wilson.

But she admits even with all of the warnings from administrators and smart phones, there was no way for anyone to know conditions would get that bad that quickly.

Students said they're relieved everyone made it home safe and to Parker's knowledge, nobody got into a wreck.

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