School Clerk Credits God With Preventing Shootout

On Tuesday, Antoinette Tuff, a clerk at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Atlanta, persuaded 20-year-old Michael Hill not to fire the 500 rounds of ammunition he brought into the school in his duffel bag. Officials credit her with helping save 870 elementary students from what could have been another school massacre. But she points to God as the hero. Tuff met Hill when he entered the building carrying an AK-47. "He had a look on him that he was willing to kill," she said. "He said that he didn't have any reason to live." Tuff managed to prevent Hill from entering the main hallways and called 9-1-1. She stalled him by striking up conversation.

According to the dispatch transcript, she told Hill her life story, including how she's struggling through a painful divorce after 33 years of marriage. She encouraged him not to despair: "All is going to be well."

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