Shots were fired at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy, an elementary school outside of Atlanta, just eight months after the terrible shooting that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Thankfully this was prevented at the school in Atlanta due to a Clerk Called Antoinette Tuff, who managed to empathize with the shooter, and change his mind.
20 year old Michael Brandon Hill walked into the school in all black whilst carrying an AK-47, where he fired some rounds, and told the staff present, that he was going to end the lives of everyone in the building because he had nothing left to live for.
In order to talk the gunman out of shooting everyone, despite how terrified she was, Tuff talked to him about her marital struggles, family struggles and even told him that she loved him.
“I just explained to him that I loved him,” she said. “I didn’t know his name, I didn’t know much about him, but I did love him.” she said.
After some time she was able to convince him to surrender himself to the police. Thankfully no one was injured or hurt, but Antoinette Tuff doesn’t give herself all the credit, instead she credits God for helping her maintain her composure, stating that she had been praying for the gunman, during the incident.
“I give it all to God. I’m not the hero. I was terrified,” she said.
The gunman Micheal Brandon Hill has been charged with assault against an officer, making threats, and illegally possessing a firearm.
Watch Antoinette talk to ABC affiliate WSB-TV about the events that took place that day.
She has definitely given the word ‘tough’, a new legitimate meaning.
The 911 call managed to find its way online, you can hear Antoinette talk about her husband and son at the 14 minute mark.
Sources: Washington Post, NecoleBitchie