Friday, August 23, 2013

a prayer not a gun

The heroine of the day is a teacher who talked a murderous shooter out of killing schoolchildren.

Via GetReligion:

The story the reader sent in, from ABC News/Yahoo included the following passages:
Hill, according to Tuff, said he had no reason to live because nobody loved him.
“And I just explained to him that I loved him,” Tuff told ABC News in an exclusive interview Tuesday night. “I didn’t know much about him. I didn’t know his name but I did love him and it was scary because I knew at that moment he was ready to take my life along with his, and if I didn’t say the right thing, then we all would be dead.”…
“I knew at that time it was bigger than me,” she said. “He was really a hurting young man, so I just started praying for him. And just started talking to him and allowing him to know everything that was going on with me and that everything was going to be OK.”
Then Tuff made the request that she said helped end the standoff. She asked the suspect to put his weapons down, empty his pockets and backpack and lie on the floor.
“He brought a gun bag, a book bag, a bag full of ammunitions in there, a bunch of magazine clips in there, a whole lot of stuff,” she said…
Tuff said she will be returning to work later this morning.
“Yes, I will be back,” she said, “sitting in that same seat, blessing that next person.”

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