Target: Antoinette Tuff, a school clerk
Goal: Applaud woman for single-handedly preventing a mass shooting
An armed young man in his twenties entered an elementary school recently behind a parent who had left the door open. The man was carrying an AK-47 and other assault rifles and began to load them within school walls. The incident ended with no injuries or deaths thanks to Antoinette Tuff, a school clerk.
Tuff intercepted the gunman in her office, and proceeded to sit down with him and talk for over an hour, ultimately convincing him not to shoot. She told police that she not only tried to understand the gunman’s perspective when he told her he had nothing to live for, but she made sure he related to her in an attempt to make him see the gravity of his actions.
The gunman exchanged some shots with police, but no police and none of the 870 pre-K to fifth grade students in the school were harmed. Students and children were all safely evacuated thanks to the non-violent compassion of Antoinette Tuff. This woman did not need a gun to rescue her colleagues and students. She simply used logic and understanding to calmly reason with a violent and disturbed person.
Please sign this petition to commend Antoinette Tuff for her service to the students in her charge, and her example of the sort of non-violent, reasonable confrontation that prevents tragedies from happening. She is a true hero, and a brilliant example of how violent actions lead to more violence, but peaceful actions lead to peace.
Dear Antoinette Tuff,
Your compassion and quick thinking when a gunman entered your school is absolutely astonishing, and you are a shining reminder of how peaceful, reasonable interactions can be used to end violence in our communities. You are an inspiration to a nation so heartbroken with recent shooting tragedies.
I want to personally thank you for your service to those eight hundred and seventy children whose lives you so selflessly saved by risking your own. You stood up to a dangerous and violent person with the kind of courage and bravery we all hope we will have in those kinds of circumstances. Thank you for your brilliant actions. You are a true hero.
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