Antoinette Tuff, the brave woman who essentially stopped the Atlanta, Ga., shooter from gunning down the entire school, is being touted as a hero with Twitter and Facebook users requesting to bookkeeper be awarded the Medal of Freedom, CNN wrote.
The award is the nation’s highest civilian honor, and it would be hard to find someone who doesn’t think Tuff should be given the medal since she helped stop suspect Brandon Michael Hill from killing innocent children and school personnel by sharing stories about her own heartbreak.
Hill was apparently off his medicine for a mental disorder and Tuff was able to persuade him into putting the gun down by telling him stories about her disabled son and recent divorce from her husband of 26 years.
If it wasn’t for her there could have been a mass tragedy at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy, Principal Brian Bolden said, according to the news site. "Her name, Antoinette Tuff, says everything about her," the principal said. "Tough. She has always been that way from the first time I met her."
Tuff, 46, has been working in the DeKalb County School District for eight years. She stayed calm throughout the call, as noted in the 911 records.
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"It's going to be all right, sweetie," she told Hill, 20, at one point during the call. "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.
"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 fact that Tuff’s kind words were able to get Hill to surrender were nothing less than miraculous, DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander told CNN. "You just don't see that type of interaction in these types of situations very, very often at all."
"There are some things in life you can rehearse for," Alexander said. "But this is a woman who just kept her calm, kept her wits about herself, maintained her composure in this very dangerous situation."
None of the school’s 870 were harmed. She has three different fan pages on Facebook and Twitter came out to support Tuff. The mini-blog users want to see her awarded the Medal of Freedom. Check out their posts below:
Award The Presidential Medal of Freedom to Ms. Antoinette Hill Tuff for saving the lives of her school children. http://t.co/Q3X2TjcgeU
— BobKincaid (@BobKincaid) August 23, 2013
— Jeanne K. (@SnarkAmendment) August 22, 2013
After listening to that 911 tape, Georgia Public School Bookkeeper Antoinette Tuff deserves the Medal of Freedom. Good Lord ... amazing!
— Ed Roberts (@InHouseObs) August 22, 2013
Can we please award Antoinette #Tuff with a Congressional Gold Medal or Presidential Medal of Freedom?
— Suz Carragher (@TheRedDogInn) August 22, 2013