There could have been another school shooting at an elementary school except that Antoinette Tuff, a school clerk, “spent about an hour calmly persuading the gunman to put his rifle down and surrender.”
(For some readers who are a little slow, there’s a lot of sarcasm in this article.)
A gunman entered the school carrying an AK-47 and other weapons. Why he was able to enter the school is a question that I’ll let others answer. It seems to me that there should have been an armed security guard at the door. Makes no sense to me. But back to the story.
Here’s what Ms. Tuff told reporters:
“I saw a young man ready to kill anybody that he could.”
Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur, Georgia, has approximately 870 pre-kindergarten to fifth grade students. While the “gunman exchanged some shots with the police, no one was hurt.”
Here’s where Ms. Tuff went wrong:
“Tuff told Atlanta’s local news station that the 20-year-old gunman was able to pass the school’s security because he followed a parent who had not shut the door. She immediately began speaking with the gunman in an attempt to reason with him. The gunman told her he had nothing to live for before loading his gun. ‘I just started talking to him … I let him know what was going on with me and that it would be OK,’ she said. ‘I give it all to God, I’m not the hero. I was terrified.’”
She mentioned GOD! Not only that, as you’ll see in the video below, she said that she prayed for him. This woman is not fit to be around public school children. (A silly Washington Post article does not mention Tuff’s faith or her praying. The article deserves a separate response.)
Where’s the ACLU, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the Freedom from Religion Foundation, and the American Atheists? She has got to go.
This woman can no longer work at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy since she violated one of the cardinal rules of government education: You do not mentioned God or pray in a government school.
Hopefully the parents have not permitted their children to listen to the news about Ms. Tuff’s calm demeanor because they might hear her mention God and decide that’s it’s OK to mention Him in their school and pray.
Teachers might get the wrong idea as well. If it was OK for Ms. Tuff to mention God and pray to stop an armed man intent on killing, maybe they can mention God and pray to help children who are sad and may want to do bad things. Where are the atheists when you need them.
A brave lady. She deserves a lot of thank yous.