Antoinette’s a Hero

Thanks to Antoinette Tuff:

Atlanta (CNN) — A man slips behind someone else into a packed elementary school with an AK-47-type weapon. He goes into the office and shoots at the ground, then darts between there and outside to fire at approaching police.

So what do you do?

If you’re Antoinette Tuff, who works in the front office at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy just outside Atlanta, you don’t run. You talk. You divulge your personal struggles to the gunman, you tell him you love him, you even proactively offer to walk outside with him to surrender so police won’t shoot.

And then the nightmare ends — with the suspect, later identified as Michael Brandon Hill, taken into custody and no one inside or outside the Decatur school even hurt, despite the gunfire.

“Let me tell you something, babe,” Tuff tells the dispatcher at the end of the dramatic 911 call, obtained by CNN affiliate WXIA, that recounts her minutes of valor and terror. “I’ve never been so scared in all the days of my life. Oh, Jesus.”

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  • Steve_Winnipeg_Canada

    Amazing! That woman is so cool.

  • danaames

    See “Get Religion” for more about Antoinette’s faith, reported and not reported.

    Dana

  • pastordt

    This was a truly amazing story. Anderson Cooper did an extended interview with her today and she is remarkable – and so is the God she serves. Her pastor and his wife sound like fine teachers.

  • LexCro

    Antoinette Tuff is a true picture of courage. The NPR audio of her dialogue with the gunman made me cheer. What a picture of grace in the face of evil!