Prayer kept her calm

Antoinette Tuff talks about her encounter with Michael Brandon Hill after he came into Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur with military style weapons and 500 rounds of ammunition.

ABC News:

The New York Times reported:

A school clerk here on Tuesday stalled a man dressed in black who had sneaked into an elementary school with an AK-47, giving the police time to arrive before he could make his way into classrooms packed with 800 children….

…He most likely followed someone into the secure school, according to an account by police and school officials.

Once inside, he made his way to the main office, said Cedric Alexander, chief of the DeKalb County Police Department. He demanded that someone call a local television station. Antoinette Tuff, a clerk, made the call.

He was “a young man that was ready to kill anybody that he could,” she said in an interview with ABC News. Ms. Tuff kept him engaged throughout the ordeal. The gunman also held other employees hostage.

“I just started telling him my life story and what was going on with me,” Ms. Tuff said.

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