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Friday, June 27, 2014

What Would You Do when Face-to-Face with a Gunman at School?

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By krosseel

There have been numerous school shootings in America. Have you ever asked yourself, what would you do if you came face to face with a gunman at school? That recently happened to a young lady and thankfully there were no fatalities that day.

There are times you might say you would know what to do if you came face to face with a gunman at school, but do you know what to do?

As I watched the live interview of Antoinette Tuff with Anderson Cooper, I was amazed as he talked with her. When faced with the gunman she made some tough decisions and her last name happens to be Tuff. Antoinette helped save hundreds of children that day. She even received a call from President Obama.

Antoinette shared that her pastor had trained her as to what to say to people that were hurting and to use her own experiences as an example. Anderson Cooper asked, "Would you like to meet that young man again?” She answered, "Yes, because I know that he was hurting and needed help. “ In addition, she made it clear that it was God using her and the Holy Spirit giving her the words to say. I thought to myself, “Antoinette is a very humble person.” I observed that she showed genuine concern for this young man that actually came into the school with a lot of ammunition along with a gun. It was awesome that she convinced the gunman to put his weapon down and submit to the police. Therefore, there were no fatalities that day at this school. You might think you know what you would have done in this same situation but do you really know what you would do?

Antoinette Tuff is a “true hero.” Words that she said to the gunman stayed in mind, “It’s going to be alright sweetie.” In addition, Antoinette has been with the Georgia schools for the past 8 years.

Many schools are increasing drills and training as to what to do in the situation if a gunman was to come to their school. Some schools are drilling several times a day.

The City of Houston just released a new video of what to do when faced with a shooter. They emphasize run, hide, or fight. They talk about running to safety, finding somewhere to hide; locking doors, turning off lights, and as a last resort improvise a weapon and fight. Antoinette did none of these; instead she stayed calm and talked the gunman into giving himself up. You may say what you think you would do, but until you are in that situation, do you really know what you would do?


Antoinette Tuff hailed as 'true hero' for handling Georgia school gunman

City of Houston releases video showing what to do if you are faced with shooter


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