Bookkeeper Hailed as Hero in Georgia School Standoff

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It's the 911 call the nation is talking about, along with a woman of remarkable compassion and courage.

Antoinette Tuff, a bookkeeper at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy outside Atlanta, helped calm the gunman and diffuse the situation while being held hostage by an armed gunman.

In the 911 call, Tuff is heard saying, "He said to tell them to back off. He don't want the kids. He wants the police so back off and, um, and what else, sir? He says he don't care if he die, he don't have nothing to live for. I can help you...let me talk to them and let's see if we can work it out so that you don't have to go away with them for a long time...It's going to be alright sweetheart. I just want you to know that I love you though, okay? And I am proud of you. That's a good thing that you just giving up."

Tuff: I have never been so scared in all the days of my life...
911: But you did great.
Tuff: Oh, Jesus.
911: You did great.
Tuff: Oh, God.

Although people are calling her a hero, Tuff said she's not taking the credit.

"I give it all to God," Tuff said. "I'm not the hero. I was terrified."

Tuff called the shooter Michael Hill, a hurting soul, and hopes she can visit and speak with him again.

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