Amid the talk of arming teachers, no one has mentioned the woman who stopped a school gunman with expressions of love, not with guns.
Antoinette Tuff, the bookkeeper at Ronald E. McNair Learning Academy in DeKalb County, persuaded suspect Michael Hill to put down his AR-15 and surrender to police in 2013. According to media reports, Hill fired his weapon and threatened the elementary-school students before Tuff talked him into giving up.
Tuff had received special training in how to handle such situations, with talk and logic rather than weapons. She reached Hill by telling him of her own personal struggles, and expressing love and respect for him. She also had the presence of mind to alert authorities, even calming a police dispatcher. She received a call from President Obama thanking her for her heroism.
The recent situation at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was far different. Gunman Nikolas Cruz in killing 18 students went directly into a school building, not to an administrative office, as Hill did. Even someone like Tuff probably could not have dissuaded Cruz from his mission.
But an armed deputy stationed at the South Florida school didn't stop the killings either. Training in talking to an armed suspect, and a woman's calm, saved lives at the McNair elementary school.