Antoinette Tuff, Bookkeeper, Calms Georgia Gunman

By Tara MacIsaac, Epoch Times
August 21, 2013 10:41 am Last Updated: July 18, 2015 5:19 pm

No one was injured on Tuesday when gunman Michael Brandon Hill terrified students at the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Georgia, after bookkeeper Antoinette Tuff talked him off the figurative ledge.

She shared with him about the recent hardships in her life after he threatened to take his own life and that of police officers and others around him.

“It’s OK, we all have situations in our lives,” she told him, as she later recounted to USA Today. She told the 20-year-old if she can overcome tragedy, he can too. 

Though she put on a brave face, she told 10 News, “I’m not the hero. I was terrified.”

Hill told Tuff he had no reason to live and he apologized for what he was doing. She told him about the hardships of her failed 33-year marriage and the stress she experienced opening her own business. He listened. She was eventually able to convince him to lay down his weapon, empty his pockets, and surrender.