Ep. 12: True Crime Audio – Antoinette Tuff Talks Down Would-Be School Shooter


No script here, and I think no script will be the norm for these True Crime Audio episodes, since I do hardly any talking. In fact, I didn’t do any story-specific talking in this episode. The only non-archival speaking is done by a text-to-speech app which reads the information quoted below:

On August 20, 2013, a shooting and hostage situation occurred at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy, an elementary school in the district. A man with an AK-47 entered the school’s front office and barricaded himself. He fired six shots at approaching police officers outside, who returned fire. Nobody was injured. The school’s students were evacuated. Antoinette Tuff, a school bookkeeper, later received a call from President Obama praising her for her courage while talking to the shooter; police credited her calmness and kindness toward him with convincing him to surrender without shooting anyone. – Wikipedia

This episode contains Antoinette Tuff’s 911 call, book-ended with material from news reports and other sources, which are all listed below.


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