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.
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.”