The school bookkeeper who kept her cool as she looked eye to eye with the man who wanted to kill everyone at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy was honored on Sunday for her courageous act. She even received a call from President Obama.
The Way The Truth and The Life Christian Center in Decatur, GA hailed, Antoinette Tuff, as a hero for talking down Michael Brandon Hill, the 20-year-old gunman with that went to the school armed with an AK-47-style rifle and nearly 500 rounds of ammunition, according to police.
Tuff appreciates the accolades, but she says that it was not by her own power that the situation didn’t turn into an epic tragedy.
"I just started praying for him. I just started talking to him and allowing him to know some of the stories and let him know what was going on with me and that it would be OK. And then let him know that he could just give himself up," Tuff said.
In an interview with WSB News, Tuff stated, "I give it all to God, I'm not the hero. I was terrified."
Tuff said she just thought about her faith in God the entire time she was facing the gunman. She also thought about her family.
Authorities said Hill is charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, terroristic threats and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
The DeKalb County Public Defender's office said in a statement that it was representing Hill, calling him "a young man with a long history of mental health issues."