This ending is thanks largely to Tuff, said McCray, the woman who fielded her call. Echoing President Barack Obama -- who called Tuff on Thursday to thank her -- and many others, McCray described Tuff as a "true hero" for being courageous, calm and personable. School staff regularly train for dangerous situations involving trespassers and emergency protocol, school district spokesman Quinn Hudson said.
Tuff and two other staff members -- a cafeteria manager and a media specialist -- were specifically trained in hostile situations. Photos: Photos: Shots fired at Georgia school.
Shots fired at Georgia school — A policeman walks in front of Ronald E. Michael Brandon Hill, 20, opened fire at the school armed with an AK "and a number of other weapons," police said. There were no reports of injuries. Hide Caption. Shots fired at Georgia school — A police officer interacts with students as they board school buses to take them to reunite with their parents. Shots fired at Georgia school — A child peers out the window of a school bus as the children are returned to their parents at a nearby shopping center Tuesday afternoon. Shots fired at Georgia school — A police officer stands at the scene after the shooting.
The school is located about seven miles east of downtown Atlanta. Shots fired at Georgia school — Nicole Webb gets emotional while waiting for her 9-year-old son. Shots fired at Georgia school — Parents cheer as buses arrive with students on board. Shots fired at Georgia school — Five-year-old Skyler Worthey, center, is reunited with his family.
While Tuff worked to keep the gunman calm and spoke with him, she signaled a code to her two counterparts, who immediately triggered a phone tree to tell teachers to lock doors and send children to safety, Hudson said.
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She has always been that way, from the first time I met her. He describes her as a strong leader whose authority everyone respects. The past eight years, Tuff has been with the Georgia school -- the past three at McNair. And she almost wasn't there Tuesday.
Tuff was scheduled to be off that day, but because of a shift change, she ended up right where the school needed her to be. The school's existing safety procedures will remain the same while the investigation takes place, Bolden said. But he promised any needed changes will happen. Counseling was made available to the kids, and the school understands that some children might not be ready to come back right away, he said. On Wednesday night, Hill, 20, was in a Georgia jail awaiting a still undetermined initial court appearance.
Authorities are still hammering out exactly what charges he will face. Police spokeswoman Mekka Parish has said they would include aggravated assault on a police officer, terroristic threats and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Ray Davis, the lead detective on the case, added that false imprisonment and "several weapons charges" probably will be included as well. Whenever the charges come down, Hill will waive his initial court appearance, said Claudia Saari, public defender for the Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit.
She said members of her office's mental health division are handling his case and declined to make any further comment. This week's incident is not Hill's first run-in with the law. He has a criminal history in DeKalb and neighboring Henry County that, while not "lengthy," does include violence, Davis said.
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Specifically, Hill pleaded guilty in July to making "terroristic threats and acts" against his brother. Georgia school shooting suspect was arrested in March. Henry County court records show that, in addition to three years of probation, he was ordered to attend anger management classes. But that county's district attorney, James Wright, said Wednesday that there's no indication that Hill completed them.
As to any connection to McNair Discovery Learning Academy, why he might have gone into it armed, and what he planned to do once there, authorities have not outlined a motive or a detailed plan. Being from DeKalb County, Hill "possibly had been there at the school before speaking with some people in the administration," Davis said. Pet Dogs Cats Small Pets more Seasonal Fall Halloween Hallmark more Now showing offers valid at:. Change Open simulated dialog for change store. Sign in to clip coupons.
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