Georgia school shooting averted by a brave bookkeeper – and prayer (+video)
I find it beautifully heartening that this person was able to defuse a violent situation using nonviolent loving kindness.
She not only saved the children in the school; she very likely saved the life of the disturbed young man-who seemed grateful for her reconnecting him to the circle of humanity.
We don’t need to meet violence with more violence, or make prisons of our schools with armed guards in order to stop violence.
This lady showed that a connection to God and a compassionate heart can overcome guns and madness.
By including that young man in the circle, by praying for him instead of murdering him for his insane attempt, she has diverted us all into a timeline with this possibility in it. Who knows what unexpected side effects may come from her loving action resulting in no deaths where tonight might have seen us all mourning so much senseless suffering again?
Prayer IS powerful. LOVE is stronger than hate. 🙂
“In this case, [teachers] were probably briefed on what the process would be and how to get kids into a shelter-in area or lock the doors and get under desks,” he says. “But it all comes back to the perimeter – how are you keeping these people out? – and that was the weak point here.”
A strong point, however, was the school’s bookkeeper, Antoinette Tuff, who emerged as a hero after apparently talking Mr. Hill into surrendering his weapons, in part by telling him about her own hard times, including a divorce that ended a 33-year marriage and the difficulties of starting a business.
“I just started praying for him,” she told Atlanta’s Channel 2 Action News. “I just started talking to him … and let him know what was going on with me and that it would be OK. And then let him know that he could just give himself up.”
After Hill allegedly exchanged brief gunfire with officers outside the front office, Ms. Tuff says she persuaded Hill to empty his…
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