Friday, August 23, 2013
Good morning to everyone.
I write today to honor Antoinette Tuff, a genuine American hero.
She is the bookkeeper at a Georgia elementary school just outside Atlanta who persuaded an armed and mentally unstable 20-year-old named Michael Hall to surrender peacefully to police after he fired off several shots outside the school.
She was working in the front office when Hall entered the school armed with an AK-47 and 500 rounds of ammunition.
While on the phone to 911, she assumed control of the situation by telling the police to hold off as she gained Hall’s trust that she would protect him from being killed by the police, if he surrendered peacefully.
As they waited outside, Hall stacked the AK-47 and the ammunition on a counter, emptied his pockets, and lay down on the floor face down with his hands behind his back. Then she buzzed the front door open allowing the police to enter and quickly take Hall into custody without firing a shot.
Petula Dvorak writing for the Washington Post has the story.
Here’s the video of her 911 call to police.
I will take intelligence, patience, courage and empathy over a gun any day.
What do you think?
(H/T to Elizabeth for providing the link to the video in her comment)