“One day after the dramatic grade school shooting incident in Atlanta that caused more than 800 students and teachers to flee for their lives, school clerk Antoinette Tuff is being praised as a real life super hero. The brave school employee appeared on “ABC World News” and “GMA” on Aug. 20 and 21 to talk about her personal and terrifying encounter with the 20-year shooter. She calmly explained how she managed to convince the gunman to put down his weapons and surrender to the police. Her selfless actions and calmness under extreme pressure saved countless lives.” ~Jackie KassAtlanta Northside Family & Parenting Examiner
What Can We Learn from Antoinette?
1. Stay Calm
You may be terrified inside, but outside you need to show the gunman that it’s no big deal, just another issue that needs to be managed.
2. Ask Questions
Ask the who, what, where, and especially the why. In answering, the gunman gives the rest of the school time to get to safety, and it may help the gunman calm down.
That person with the gun is a human being, and a listening ear can sometimes defuse a frustrated soul.
Don’t just say you understand, share with them your struggles and sorrows and how you found hope for tomorrow. Let them know there are solutions to their problems. Nothing is impossible.
Pray inside and offer prayer to the gunman. Offer prayer, even if you’re not religious. This is not only buys time, but may bring a sense of peace and caring to the desperate heart and cause the gun to be dropped to the floor..
6. Always close the door behind you when entering a secured place.
Our world needs more people like Antoinette Tuff, who will not only protect the rest of us by standing up to the enemies of life, but will defuse them with love and care.