Woman who talked down McNair Academy gunman honored at church - CBS46 News

Woman who talked down McNair Academy gunman honored at her church

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DECATUR, GA (CBS46) -

The woman who helped avert what could have been a mass shooting casualty at the McNair Discovery Learning Academy this week was honored at her church in Decatur, with the proclamation of a day in her honor.

Antoinette Tuff, a bookkeeper at the Decatur charter school, was recognized by Congressman Hank Johnson, D - DeKalb County, at Tuff's family church - The Way, the Life, and the Truth Christian Center. Johnson proclaimed Aug. 25, 2013, as Antoinette Tuff Day in Georgia's Fourth Congressional District.

Tuff is credited with soothing and befriending 20-year-old Michael Brandon Hill after police said he got into the McNair Academy with a gun and nearly 500 rounds of ammunition. He fired a few shots at police but did not hit or injure anyone, according to authorities. During those tense moments, he was in an office area with Tuff, who convinced him to put the gun down and give up the assault.

Every student made it out of the building uninjured, and Hill was arrested.

Tuff did not speak during the ceremony in her honor Sunday and was not made available for interviews afterward.

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