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McNair Academy employee receiving national praise, still helping others

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Antoinette Tuff is being heralded as a hero for her actions on Tuesday.

She is credited with talking down Brandon Hill, 20, in the front office of McNair Academy. Police said Hill was armed with 500 rounds of ammunition.

Cafeteria manager Malcom Quillen said he walked into the front office and had no idea there was an armed man.

"Then to look and see her talking to someone with a gun, and yet being that calm, it was just phenomenal because my heart immediately dropped," said Quillen.

Tuff appeared on CNN's AC360 to talk about the ordeal.

"He had bullets everywhere, on top of magazines, so I knew when he made that last call, he was gonna go because he was loaded up to go," said Tuff.

The attention has inspired Tuff to set up a page, where people can donate funds to a specific cause. Tuff's page says the donations raised will go towards providing travel for underprivileged children. 

"We strive to provide inner city kids the opportunity to see the world through a new set of eyes. If you change their vision, you can change their lives," she writes on the page.

The fundraising goal on the site is $1,500, but in less than a day, more than $71,000 was raised.

To make a donation, visit

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