In a surprise move, President Barack Obama called Antoinette Tuff, the Georgia woman credited with helping prevent a school shooting, to thank her for her courage, the Associated Press reports.
The White House says Obama spoke with Antoinette Tuff on Thursday while in New York, where he is on an education-focused bus trip.
The White House says the president praised Tuff for the courage she displayed earlier this week while talking to a gunman who entered the school where she works.
Tuff, who works at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy near Decatur, Ga., was taken hostage on Aug. 20 by 20-year-old Michael Brandon Hill, who said he no longer wanted to live.
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