Not long ago, the life of Antoinette Tuff was a difficult one. Her husband had just left her after 30 years and she even admitted that she attempted suicide a year ago. Now, she’s a nationally-recognized celebrity.
Just a couple of days after Tuff engaged in a dramatic standoff with a possible school shooter, she has received national recognition after getting a call from President Barack Obama.
Tuff stood with a 20-year old young man who’d taken an elementary school hostage, telling him that everything was going to be OK and that she loved him. She talked him down to the point that he admitted that he was sorry for what he’d done and gave himself over to the police. She probably saved the young man’s life in the process.
The president concurred that Tuff had saved lives on that heroic day. He also said that she was courageous.
“Here is somebody who is not just courage, not just cool under pressure, but also had enough heart that somehow she could convince somebody that was really troubled that she cared about him,” Obama said, according to CNN.
“I think we might have to have her maybe make a visit to the White House,” Obama then said.
The president made the call after the nation’s attention was thrust onto the woman that put her life on the line to save children in her school. She was the school librarian and is now a national hero.
“This afternoon, the President called Antoinette Tuff to thank her for the courage she displayed while talking to a gunman who entered the school where she works earlier this week,” the White House said in a statement.
The young man, Michael Brandon Hill was taken into police custody, and Tuff talked him down during a 911 call that has gotten the attention of the world. Congratulations to Ms. Tuff.