A Georgia school 911 call recording the tense moments in which Antoinette Huff talked down a 20-year-old gunman Michael Brandon Hill.
Tuff’s actions in the Georgia school 911 call have been lauded by many, as she bravely uses just negotiation skills to convince Hill not to shoot.
In one part of the call, she tells the 911 operator that Hill wants police to come in and is not planning on shooting children, saying:
“Okay. He doesn’t want the kids. He wants the police. So back off and – and what else, sir? He say he don’t care if he die. He don’t have nothing to live for.”
But it was Huff’s compassion that stuck out in the Georgia school 911 call, and she says to the disturbed young man:
“No. You don’t want [suicide]. You gonna be okay. I thought the same thing. You know, I tried to commit suicide last year after my husband left me, but look at me now. I’m still working and everything is okay… It’s gonna be all right, sweetheart. I just want you to know that I love you, though, okay? And I’m proud of you. That’s a good thing that you’re just giving up and don’t worry about it. We all go through something in life.”
Tuff informs the 911 dispatcher at another point that Hill has been subdued and disarmed, adding:
“He’s laying on the floor. He’s got everything out of his pockets. There isn’t anything. The only thing he has is his belt. Everything is out of his pockets. Everything is sitting here on the counter, so all we need to do is they can just come in, and I’ll buzz them in.”
But finally, she admits that the tension experienced was understandably the worst she’d ever endured, and Tuff says:
“I’m going to tell you something baby — I’ve never been so scared in all the days in my life.”
Timothy Hill, older brother of Michael, later commented:
“I had a feeling he was going to eventually, one day, do something stupid, but not of this magnitude.”
After the situation ended safely, President Obama called Antoinette Tuff.
Watch or listen to the Georgia school 911 call above.