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Antoinette Tuff 911 Call

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

The big news this week was something that didn't happen. A heavily armed gunman entered a Georgia elementary school, fired several shots and took some front-office employees hostage, including school bookkeeper Antoinette Tuff. In an extraordinary act of heroism, she talked the gunman into giving himself up. How? With empathy. Along with proving that guns can be stopped by something other than more guns, the story demonstrated the value of highlighting things that are working. What if the entire media focused 24/7 on the power of empathy and what went right in that Georgia school, just as they would have if they'd gone horribly wrong? What the media chooses to feature influences our culture and our national conversation. It's one reason why HuffPost has launched Impact, Good News and What Is Working sections -- putting the spotlight on extraordinary "ordinary people" and unsung heroes like Antoinette Tuff.

Lisa Belkin

4 Lessons About School Shootings We Learned From Antoinette Tuff's 911 Call

HuffingtonPost.com | Lisa Belkin | Posted 10.22.2013 | Parents

She talked to him the way you talk to a child. She talked to him the way you talk to YOUR child. She saw him as a human being, not a monster, and she tried to help him.