August 21st, 2013
10:33 PM ET

"I'm proud of you, it's a good thing you are giving up" Antoinette Tuff puts her life on the line to end Georgia elementary school standoff

Tonight on AC360: Together for the first time Georgia school standoff hero Antoinette Tuff and 911 Operator Kendra McCray speak to Anderson about negotiating the gunman's surrender.

It may have seemed like a miracle, that the standoff at the McNair Discovery Learning Center ended without anyone getting hurt. But it's no longer a mystery how it happened. Bookkeeper Antoinette Tuff was in the front office,barricaded inside with the gunman. He was armed with an AK-47 and five-hundred rounds of ammunition.Tuff put her life on the line. Armed with nothing more than her empathy, life experience and the guidance of a heroic 911 operator, she convinced the gunman to surrender. It was that phone connection to 911 that recorded Tuff's extraordinary act of heroism.

Anderson discussed Antoinette Tuff's heroic actions with CNN's Martin Savidge along with Psychologists Kris Mohandie and Jeff Gardere.

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  1. Liz

    Amazing! What an incredible, compassionate and intelligent woman!

    August 27, 2013 at 1:32 pm |
  2. Aurelia

    Thank you Anderson for your interview of this amazing woman. Antoinette is true to her calling as an ambassador for God. Bless her for her faith in action. i'm so glad she pushed past the pain! May she continue to share her testimony of how God can use each of us to do His work when we trust Him.

    August 24, 2013 at 11:38 pm |
  3. Terry

    The most amazing and inspirational story of my not so short life. Wow

    August 23, 2013 at 11:31 pm |
  4. ann

    Thank you Ms Tuff. If there were more people like you in the world it would be a better place to live.You will be blessed for telling that person you love him and that everything would be all right.Again thank you

    August 23, 2013 at 10:56 am |
  5. Mike

    Antoinette Tuff said in the interview that just before the shooter came, she had received some "devastating news" that caused her to stay at her desk thinking about it. I wonder if there is any way that any of us could provide some help on whatever happened.

    Antoinette proved that truly empathetic negotiation should occur before the snipers come in to kill. She is a remarkable lady and a great witness for God's love for us. I hope that her example causes law enforcement to hire negotiators with the same qualities and skills as Antoinette, especially in negotiations with the mentally ill. Antoinette started "Tuff Love" negotiating!

    August 23, 2013 at 10:41 am |
  6. Sheresa

    Thank you for being so brave,:)

    August 22, 2013 at 10:51 pm |
  7. Linda Hughes

    Wonderful interview......amazing person! I am in awe.....Antoinette Tuff is a beautiful lady, an impressive person, and a true inspiration. Thank you, Anderson, for putting the spot light where it belongs!

    August 22, 2013 at 9:02 pm |
  8. Rich

    Antoinette Tuff is an absolute hero. What an awesome human being!!!

    August 22, 2013 at 9:40 am |
  9. Mary Helen

    Antoinette Tuff must have a special award/recognition at this years Heroes program PLEASE mhh in IL

    August 22, 2013 at 9:21 am |
  10. Wendy

    I have stated this earlier , but want to reccomend Ms. Antoinetter Tuff as a an example of Humanity at it's finest .

    Would that we all could be as cool & good?

    Well done, Ms. Tuff!!

    You are one of the Best!

    August 22, 2013 at 5:00 am |
  11. Colleen

    Bravo Antoinette Tuf! Your courage is unparalled! I believe God had you in the right place at the right time! We'll always remember your name with the pride & adiration it deserves, On behalf of my 6 grandchild, thank you very much! Colleen

    August 22, 2013 at 12:56 am |

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