Schools across Georgia and around the nation are reevaluating security plans and procedures after yet another school shooting. Many schools now have officers in place at the front office, but thanks to a quick-thinking bookkeeper at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, GA, no one was killed in Tuesday’s shooting.
"I just explained to him that I loved him," Tuff said in an exclusive interview Tuesday night. "I didn't know much about him. I didn't know his name, but I did love him and it was scary because I knew at that moment he was ready to take my life along with his, and if I didn't say the right thing, then we all would be dead."
Tuff can be heard in 911 audio reasoning and assuring the suspect that everything would be fine.
Police stated that the suspect was armed with an assault rifle and nearly 500 rounds of ammunition.
"He walked in with 498 rounds of ammunition. Fortunately, this came to an end quietly, without incident," said Chief Cedric Alexander of the DeKalb County Police at a news conference. "I think we can all make a reasonable assumption he came here to do some harm."
"He said that he didn't have any reason to live and that he was going to die today," Tuff said. "He was going to end his life and take all of the cops and everybody with him."
Miraculously, Tuff persuaded him to lay out his weapons and get on the floor.
"It's going to be OK, sweetheart," she said. "I just want you to know that I love you and I am proud of you. That's a good thing that you are giving up. ... We all go through something in life."