“The school buses were already lined up to take the kids home.”

On March 18, 1937, a gas leak at The Consolidated School of New London, Texas, led to an explosion that claimed the lives of nearly 300 students and teachers.

It remains one of the worst school disasters in US history.

Kenneth Honeycutt was playing near the school when the explosion happened. At StoryCorps, he shared memories of the tragedy with his wife, Gaye.

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Recorded in Knoxville, Tennessee
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Produced by Nadia Reiman and Katie Simon
Facilitated by Lily Sullivan
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