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Author Topic: McNair Elementary School: Because Sometimes There Is A Happy Ending  (Read 445 times)

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Offline TheGlyphstoneTopic starter

I just found out about this, and wanted to be able to express how happy it made me feel. If you hadn't heard about it, there was an incident on Tuesday where a gunman carrying an AK-47 broke into McNair Elementary School in Atlanta, GA, with expressed intentions to shoot cops and kids until he was killed. In the middle of the standoff, though, one of the clerks - Antoinette Tuff (totally living up to her name) - managed to talk with the guy, calm him down, and convince him to surrender. No one died or got injured, and the gunman was arrested safely.

This could have so easily been another Sandy Hook, possibly except for the bravery of one woman - definitely a heroine worth sharing.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/georgia-elementary-school-clerk-recalls-terrifying-moments-gunman-surrendered-article-1.1432522

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/20/mcnair-elementary-school-gunman_n_3786109.html

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Re: McNair Elementary School: Because Sometimes There Is A Happy Ending
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2013, 01:27:46 PM »
Damn... how come I haven't heard more about this! This woman deserves a medal. Sometimes trained professionals can't talk a gunman down.

Offline Avis habilis

Re: McNair Elementary School: Because Sometimes There Is A Happy Ending
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2013, 01:33:31 PM »
This is definitely congressional medal of something or other material. *nod*

Offline Callie Del Noire

Re: McNair Elementary School: Because Sometimes There Is A Happy Ending
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2013, 01:33:51 PM »
Sadly the lack of bodies.. makes for it not being newsworthy.

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Re: McNair Elementary School: Because Sometimes There Is A Happy Ending
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2013, 01:44:20 PM »
I kinda really want to change that. :( Makes me sad that the lack of bodies make it less newsworthy when the lack of bodies is why it's so wonderful.

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Re: McNair Elementary School: Because Sometimes There Is A Happy Ending
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2013, 01:58:36 PM »
I just shared it to my FB.  Kind of borrowed your phrase there as 'The lack of bodies shouldn't lead to lack of coverage'.

Offline TheGlyphstoneTopic starter

Re: McNair Elementary School: Because Sometimes There Is A Happy Ending
« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2013, 02:14:03 PM »
Sadly the lack of bodies.. makes for it not being newsworthy.

That's what I felt when I wondered why it hadn't gotten more coverage, but I didn't want to start the thread off on a bad/depressing note.

Offline Callie Del Noire

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« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2013, 02:23:50 PM »
That's what I felt when I wondered why it hadn't gotten more coverage, but I didn't want to start the thread off on a bad/depressing note.

It's sad when the 'action plans' end in the death of the gun man or better yet.. someone talks him down, we get little to no response beyond the local level, but we have 2 hour long 'new casts' detailing the death of every victim and every potential reason why a loon might do such an act.

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Re: McNair Elementary School: Because Sometimes There Is A Happy Ending
« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2013, 02:40:34 PM »
I've just posted this on my tumblr, if you don't mind Glyph. I really want something to be done about this and for her to be recognized. Anyways, talk to you guys later. Got the work thing.

Offline TheGlyphstoneTopic starter

Re: McNair Elementary School: Because Sometimes There Is A Happy Ending
« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2013, 02:42:20 PM »
Not at all. Spread the word as far as you can, wherever - I'd like to see her get some recognition for this as well.

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Re: McNair Elementary School: Because Sometimes There Is A Happy Ending
« Reply #10 on: August 22, 2013, 03:22:55 PM »
Sadly the lack of bodies.. makes for it not being newsworthy.

I was going to say the exact same thing. 

I also shared the story on my FB page.  Maybe one day we will start hearing about more good things instead of the bad. 

Offline Moraline

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« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2013, 10:36:36 AM »
Happy Endings, news and the world need more of this.

Offline Shjade

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« Reply #12 on: August 23, 2013, 01:23:12 PM »
There's a youtube video up of the 911 call communications between Tuff with Hill and the police via operator.

It's here with another article on the story if you're interested.