Antoinette Tuff is an employee at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy. She works in the front office and never thought a man holding an AK-47 would enter her workspace and open fire... but that's just what happened. On Aug. 22, CNN reported that Tuff took danger head-on and she could be the very reason why no one at that school was hurt.
It all started on Tuesday when Michael Brandon Hill entered Tuff's office space and shot his gun aimed at the ground. Instead of screaming and hiding under her desk, Tuff calmly called 911. While on the phone with police, she talked to Hill, telling him her struggles -- even telling him that she loved him.
Antoinette Tuff was able to talk Hill into surrendering without any direct contact between him and the police. While she did tell the 911 dispatcher of Hill's demands, she also talking to him about giving himself up. Perhaps much to her surprise, he listened to her and no one got hurt.
"Let me tell you something, babe. I've never been so scared in all the days of my life. Oh, Jesus," Tuff said. "She was in there, she was able to talk him down. Had that not been the case, this could have certainly turned into something very, very ugly very quickly," said Police Chief Cedric Alexander.
Antoinette Tuff was indeed very brave. Police say that this situation could have been similar to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Conn. Tuff may have saved hundreds of lives this week -- and that's enough to call anyone a hero.
© Effie Orfanides 2013