Bookkeeper Disarms Gunman With Compassion

by Rachel Baker on August 22, 2013

The NRA isn’t going to like this, but a good guy without a gun, school bookkeeper Antoinette Tuff, stopped a bad guy with a gun using nothing more than compassion, smarts, and kindness. The drama unfolded at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy where 800 students had to be evacuated Tuesday outside of Atlanta. The police say 20-year-old Michael Brandon Hill was armed with an assault rifle and hundreds of rounds of ammo and was able to slip into the school.

She told him her life story, about how her marriage fell apart after 33 years and the “roller coaster” of opening her own business.

“I told him, `OK, we all have situations in our lives,” she said. “It was going to be OK. If I could recover, he could, too.”

Then Tuff said she asked the suspect to put his weapons down, empty his pockets and backpack on the floor.

“I told the police he was giving himself up. I just talked him through it,” she said.

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