Bookkeeper hero Antoinette Tuff talks about gunman, new book - CBS46 News

Bookkeeper hero Antoinette Tuff talks about gunman, new book

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

The DeKalb County school bookkeeper who persuaded a gunman at McNair Discovery Learning Academy into surrendering was invited to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night.

She will be seated in the box with the First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden and Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to the president. Tuff will be joined by several others invited by the White House.

Tuff has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal for civilian heroism.

Tuff is now an author. She signed copies of her book, Prepared for a Purpose, at Books-a-Million in Lawrenceville.

The bookkeeper was able to convince gunman Michael Brandon Hill to surrender after he entered the school with an assault rifle and nearly 500 rounds of ammunition.

"The terror you feel inside is unbearable that nothing really can explain it. We all like to have some kind of control over our lives, whether you do or you don't, but you have no control and everything you have ever lived for is in the hands of someone else," Tuff said.

Tuff told us God gave her the strength to talk to Hill.

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