Antoinette Tuff is my new hero
Have you heard the story about Antoinette Tuff yet? She’s the bookkeeper of Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Georgia who stopped an armed gunman who entered her school this week.
What did she do to make her my hero? She saved the lives of her co-workers and over 800 kids in her school. She treated the gunman with kindness, talked him ‘down off the ledge’ and got him to turn himself in without harming himself or anyone. There’s a good chance that Antoinette would have been the shooter’s first victim and yet, she reached out to him with a selfless show of emotion.
If you haven’t heard the whole 911 tape, please take the time to click on this link to hear the whole conversation between Antoinette and the 911 dispatcher: the 911 audio
For my regular readers, I’ve shared with you my frustrations after the shootings in the Aurora movie theater. I still hold firm to my belief that a lot of these unnecessary deaths can be eliminated if we bring back the old program called If You See Something, Say Something. I was frustrated when we heard the details about the Aurora shooting but when Sandy Hook happened, I was devastated. I even wrote a guest post for my blogger friend Me, Myself and My Kids.
I admire Antoinette Tuff’s incredible character. In the face of danger, she showed the potential shooter warmth and compassion when shared a personal moment in her life. She confesses to him that she once thought about killing herself.
“I thought the same thing, you know, I tried to commit suicide last year after my husband left me. But look at me now. I’m still working and everything is OK.“
The conversation is riveting as you can hear her describe the events from the minute she sees the shooter to the final moments where she gets him to clean out his pockets and lay down on the floor so the police can come into the school. I was so touched by this part of her conversation that tears flowed from my eyes:
“It’s going to be all right, sweetie, I just want you to know I love you, though, OK? And I’m proud of you. That’s a good thing that you’re just giving up and don’t worry about it. We all go through something in life. No, you don’t want that. You going to be OK.“
Antoinette Tuff is my new hero. It warms my heart to see Antoinette doing interviews on the news programs instead of our nation having another heartfelt discussion about the loss of innocent children. With all the terrible news that bombards us on a daily basis, it’s good to know that people like Antoinette are here to protect the innocent and to see that goodness still exists in the world.
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