Two days after a gunman opened fire inside a DeKalb County school, it was business as usual Thursday.
Classes resumed at the scene of the crime and everyone continued to talk about the heroic actions of a staff member who talked the gunman down.
Antoinette Tuff is a bookkeeper in the front office and is the one who called 911. During her call she told the gunman, "It's going to be all right sweetie. I just want you to know that I love you though, OK? And I'm proud of you. That's a good thing that you're just giving up and don't worry about it. We all go through something in life."
Tuff also told the gunman, "They're coming so just hold on Michael. Go ahead and lay down. Go ahead and lay down."
Tuff befriended the gunman and kept him from harming any children. On Thursday, students returned to school physically OK, but emotionally scarred.
"They're not saying anything about the actual incident per se, but it's more of the aftermath of what they had to go through during that day," said Dr. Dasann Tinsley, the director of student services.
The incident frightened dozens of children, but it didn't keep them away as classrooms were packed and counselors were on hand.
"We have gone around into the classrooms, we have met with parents. We have talked with them and given parents strategies on things that they can do to assist with their children's adjustment of coming back into the school," Tinsley said.
At the end of the day, most recognize Tuff as a hero. She told the dispatcher, "Let me tell you something baby, I ain't never been so scared in my life."
The dispatcher said, "But you did great!"
Tuff responded, "Woo Jesus!"
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Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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