Panic was sent through our bodies when we first heard there was an active shooter at an elementary school in Georgia, and we immediately began hoping that nobody would be hurt.
Nobody was hurt.
A lot of that is thanks to quick thinking teachers who evacuated the building, and fast responding cops. Most of the thanks, though, goes to Antoinette Tuff — because she contained the shooter and talked him out of hurting a single person, even though he was bent on being killed by the police sent to stop him.
She was one of the first to make a call to 911 when she heard gunshots outside, as 20 year-old Brandon Hill entered the building. Quickly, though, she told the 911 respondent “I have to go” — but still stayed on the phone as she spoke and confronted Brandon.
What she did next was heroic beyond words — she was able to calm the shooter down by talking and listening to him, and asking the police not to harm him. She even spoke about her own personal problems, and told him flat-out that even though she didn't know him, she loved him.
Here's part of what was said, 10 minutes into the call:
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