The Woman Who Prevented A School Shooting, Antoinette Tuff, Received A Call From President Obama Tonight

“Awesome. Oh God it was awesome,” she said.



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President Obama called Antoinette Tuff on Thursday to thank her for preventing a shooting at a Georgia elementary school earlier this week. Tuff calmly talked to the gunman for over an hour while he held a loaded AK-47 he intended to use to kill students.

On Thursday evening, the White House released the following statement:

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.

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3. Tuffs appeared on CNN Thursday evening and told Anderson Cooper “it was the best voice I could ever hear” and that it “was awesome” to receive the call.

“He [President Obama] wanted to let me know that him and his wife and his family were very proud of what I did and they wanted to thank me,” she said. President Obama also called her a hero and said he would like to meet her.

“I appreciate you too,” she told the President. “I learn from the best, the best President in the world.”

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4. After the segment featuring Tuff aired, Anderson Cooper tweeted a link to a charity initiative set up by the “hero.”

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#AntoinetteTuff has set up a fundraising effort for underprivileged kids. The link to donate is

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5. According to the fundraising page, her mission is to: “provide inner city kids the opportunity to see the world through a new set of eyes. If you change their vision, you can change their lives.”

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6. At 10:15 p.m. on Thursday, Tuff had raised $27,161. Her goal was $1,500.

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