President Obama called Antoinette Tuff on Thursday to thank her for preventing a massacre at a Dekalb County, Georgia school this week. Tuff, a bookkeeper at the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy Elementary School, talked to gunman Brandon Hill for over an hour in the school's officies, all while Hill carried — and loaded — the AK-47 he intended to use to kill children at the school. After a brief standoff between Hill and the police on the scene, she eventually convinced him not to go through with his plans.
On Thursday evening, the White House released a short statement through the pool noting that "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."
Tuff was on Anderson Cooper 360 Thursday evening, where she described her call with the president, which looks like it happened while Tuff was getting ready to go on CNN. "Awesome. Oh God it was awesome," she said of hearing Obama's voice on the other line, adding, "It was the best voice I could ever hear." Obama, according to Tuff, called her a hero told her that he hoped to meet her one day in person, adding that his entire family was proud of her too.