Heroes don’t always wear capes, some are everyday people, just like us.
When 20-year-old Michael Brandon Hill entered Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Atlanta, George, with an AK-47, it was the school’s secretary, Antoinette Tuff, who talked him out of going on a shooting spree throughout the school.
Tuff stated that Michael felt he had no reason to live because he felt like no one loved him.
“I just explained to him that I loved him,’ Tuff told ABC News. ‘I didn’t know much about him. I didn’t know his name but I did love him and it was scary because I knew at that moment he was ready to take my life along with his, and if I didn’t say the right thing, then we all would be dead.”
Michael’s brother, Timothy Hill also stated:
“I had a feeling he was going to eventually, one day, do something stupid, but not of this magnitude” he said, adding that he once threatened to kill him.
At one point, Michael was about to leave the office but Tuff preoccupied him by telling him about her marriage and how heartbroken she felt when it ended, as the 870 students evacuated the school from a back door.
“I told him, “OK, we all have situations in our lives,”‘ she said. ‘It was going to be OK. If I could recover, he could, too.”
Because of Ms. Tuff’s actions, the gunman did not shoot anyone and everyone safely evacuated the school.