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Antoinette Tuff

Another Modest Proposal

Craig Chalquist, Ph.D. | Posted 08.24.2014 | Impact
Craig Chalquist, Ph.D.

We hear it after every mass shooting: "Guns don't kill, people kill," as though actually holding a pistol was in any way the emotional equal to cranking up the nerve to club someone to death. There's a reason we call those little actuators "triggers."

Asking the Right Question

Antoinette Tuff | Posted 04.27.2014 | Religion
Antoinette Tuff

Giving yourself too much glory is being closed to God. Likewise, being humble is being open to God.

Prepared for a Purpose

Antoinette Tuff | Posted 03.29.2014 | Religion
Antoinette Tuff

The first place he went to was the school's front office, where I happened to be filling in for the receptionist. For the next hour, the gunman and I were alone in that office. For much of that time, I was afraid I was going to die.

Hero Who Stopped School Shooting: 'God Had Been Preparing Me For This Moment'

Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

Antoinette Tuff started her day on Aug. 20, 2013, just the same as any other, without any idea that it would quickly become extraordinary. "I got u...

6 Educators Who Inspired Us This Year

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 12.30.2013 | Impact

Every day of every year, amazing educators and school employees are doing their part to make sure our nation’s students succeed –- and 2013 was no...

Shadee Ashtari

2013 Was A Lousy Year, But There Were Some Real Heroes. Here Are 14 Of Them. | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

The year 2013 is mercifully drawing to a close, with much of it deserving little more than to be utterly forgotten. But here are a handful of men and ...

Every Day Is the Most Important Day

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

"The Two Most Important Days In Your Life" is about being born, physically and then, later, deeper down, on the inside, in your character. Being born happens to all of us. It's the mysterious gift that gets it all going.

The Road to Resilience

Amy Spies | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Amy Spies

"Why {are} some to survive the worst and others aren't?" CNN's Anderson Cooper wondered after Cleveland kidnap victim Michelle Knight bravely confronted her adductor Ariel Castro in court.

I Know What God Looks Like (Luke 15:1-10)

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 11.09.2013 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

Do you want to see what God is like? It just got harder to do so on Wikipedia. Wikipedia still has an article called "God," and it hosts a range of ever-changing perspectives.

Letting the Blues Back Into Our Life: Opening Ears and Hearts to Save Lives

Skip Shuda | Posted 11.03.2013 | Impact
Skip Shuda

Demonstrating compassion doesn't always save lives as dramatically as it did in Antoinette Tuff's case, but the potential is real

Ready To Be a Hero?

Deborah King | Posted 10.30.2013 | Good News
Deborah King

Despite Antoinette Tuff's own personal challenges, she was grounded in her faith, and when she had the opportunity, was ready to shine her own light and make a difference in the lives of others.

Tragedy Stopped by Unconditional Love

Sean Meshorer | Posted 10.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Sean Meshorer

Given our societal tendency to want to solve violence by ramping up our own violence in response, Tuff's authentic heroism reminds us that the best, lasting solutions to our challenges is by meeting violence and hatred with kindness, compassion, and unconditional love.

Another Team of Heroes for Kids

Kate Carr | Posted 10.27.2013 | Impact
Kate Carr

With quiet competence and courage, never having confronted this kind of horror before, Antoinette started talking to the young man, and surprisingly, he started talking back.

Hundreds Escape Physical Harm in Atlanta Thanks to the Compassionate Words of One

John Santopietro, M.D. | Posted 10.26.2013 | Impact
John Santopietro, M.D.

Ms. Tuff has some notion by now of the good she has done at Ronald E. McNair -- of the lives she saved and of the suffering that she averted. What she may not know is how her simple act of bravery and connectedness created its own ripples.

A Tuff First Line of Defense: Who Is Guarding Our Kids?

Jamie Anne Richardson | Posted 10.26.2013 | Parents
Jamie Anne Richardson

This week makes it obvious that the first-line of defense for kids wouldn't be the occasionally roaming security guard, it wouldn't be the principal or the teacher, it wouldn't be the custodians or volunteer dads; my kids' real lifeguards would be the front office staff.

Give Me Love, Give Me Peace on Earth!

Janine Francolini | Posted 10.26.2013 | Impact
Janine Francolini

Over the past month there has been an important national discussion concerning discriminatory remarks about people living with mental illness in the media.

A Deadly Gunman vs. the Faith of Antoinette Tuff

Joseph Loconte, Ph.D. | Posted 10.25.2013 | Religion
Joseph Loconte, Ph.D.

We may never fully understand how it was that Antoinette Tuff persuaded an emotionally troubled young man to lay down his weapon. Yet the mainstream media is mostly mute about the palpable force in her life that, by her own reckoning, helped protect the lives of hundreds of school children.

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.

From Antoinette Tuff to Hosea: The Power of Words to Make a Difference

Rabbi Michael Bernstein | Posted 10.23.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Bernstein

Ms. Tuff is not a trained negotiator and she did not draw from any other experience with being face to face with such terror. Instead she turned to moments in her own story to express how hope is possible even in desperate times and that life is worth living.

She Didn't Have a Gun... She Had MLK's Dream

Lisa Schirch | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
Lisa Schirch

School staff Antoinette Tuff drew out compassion, courage, and love instead of a handgun when faced with someone armed with 500 rounds of ammunition intent on hurting chidren this week in Atlanta.

Woman Who Prevented School Shooting Has Tearful Reunion With 911 Dispatcher

Posted 08.22.2013 | Good News

The woman who talked down a potential school shooter and the 911 dispatcher who was on the phone with her throughout the terrifying encounter reunited...

Obama Called To Thank Woman Who Talked Down Armed Suspect At Elementary School

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 08.22.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama called to thank Antoinette Tuff, the woman who talked down an armed man at an elementary school on Tuesday. Tuff got the cal...

Every Teacher in America Should Have a Gun

Steve Siebold | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics
Steve Siebold

The Arkansas Christian Academy in Bryant, Arkansas, is making national headlines after it announced that some staff members will be armed with guns. ...

This Time It Was Different: Antoinette Tuff and the Use of Non-Violence

Andre E. Johnson | Posted 10.22.2013 | Religion
Andre E. Johnson

For those who follow the Christian faith, as Ms. Tuff does, she anchored her faith not in a violent response, but remembering her pastor's teachings (you hear that pastors!) she empathized with Mr. Hill and related to him by reflecting on her own life and the lives of her children.

Lisa Belkin

4 Lessons About School Shootings We Learned From Antoinette Tuff's 911 Call | Lisa Belkin | Posted 01.19.2016 | 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.