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Antoinette Tuff, the McNair Discovery Learning Academy bookkeeper who last summer helped diffuse a very dangerous situation by calmly talking down an armed gunman inside the DeKalb elementary school, appeared on 'Good Morning America' Tuesday to discuss her new book, “Prepared for a Purpose: The Inspiring Story of How One Woman Saved an Atlanta School Under Siege.”
Tuff was hailed as a hero across the United States for her vital role in convincing Michael Brandon Hill, who had more than 500 rounds of ammunition with him inside the school, to put down his weapons and surrender before anyone was hurt.
She explained to GMA’s Robin Roberts on Tuesday that she doesn’t think of herself as a hero, but “one of God’s vessels - just going out to make sure I do His work and do His will.”
Her book is described here in a press release:
As 870 children waited in fear, their elementary school
rushed into lockdown mode. As the nation faced yet another Sandy Hook story of
tragedy, one woman rewrote the ending.
Yet the story doesn't start with those first steps Michael Hill took into that
Atlanta elementary school. It starts with Antoinette Tuff, a woman who faced
her own pain, hurt, and rejection, yet held onto grace, faith, and hope. A hope
that anchored her in the most high stakes of moments, a grace that allowed her
to empathize with a hurting young man, and a faith that gave her the courage to
love him back from the brink.
This is more than just the amazing account of tragedy averted. It's the evidence of what we can do when we allow ourselves to be used by God. And it's a story of how God uses "all "of our life experiences--the good and the bad--to prepare us for our own moment of divine purpose.