Tuesday’s Atlanta-area school shooting could have gone terribly wrong if it had not been for school clerk Antoinette Huff. Yesterday, just a week into the new school year at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy, a 20 year old man entered the Decatur school and opened fire. Visitors to the school have to be buzzed in by administrators but the suspect, who has now been identified as Michael Brandon Hill, entered the school perhaps on the heels of someone who had already been granted access.
800 students in pre-kindergarten to fifth grade were evacuated from the school and sat outside in a field until school buses came to take them to their waiting parents at a nearby Wal-Mart. In the meantime, Hill fired at least six shots at police officers who were approaching the school from the outside.
Hill surrendered shortly after the ordeal thanks to the help of school clerk Antoinette Tuff. In an interview with ABC News, Tuff explained how she got Hill to put down his weapons and ammunition and surrender.
Tuff said once she realized what was happening she just started praying. Somehow speaking about her own life struggles like her marriage ending after 33 years and how there were times when she, like Hill, didn’t feel loved either. She also told him about the roller coaster ride associated with opening her own business. Time Magazine reported that Huff told him: “I told him, ‘OK, we all have situations in our lives. It was going to be OK. If I could recover, he could, too.”
After their conversation, Tuff convinced Hill to put down his gun and ammunition so that the police wouldn’t kill him. Because of Tuff’s efforts, no one was hurt or injured during the ordeal.
“I just explained to him that I loved him. I didn’t know his name, I didn’t know much about him but I did love him. And it was scary because I knew that at that moment he was ready to take my life along with his and if I didn’t say the right thing we all would be dead.”
Huff really is a hero. This situation could have been so much worse. As one McNair student, 10 year old Dymond said: “I thought he was going to come into the building and hurt everybody like what happened at the other school.”
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