Open letter to Ms. Antoinette Tuff

School hero Antoinette Tuff’s fund for inner-city kids wins donors

Donors have been rushing to support a fund for inner-city children started by Antoinette Tuff, the bookkeeper who persuaded a heavily armed intruder at a Georgia elementary school to surrender last week.

via School hero Antoinette Tuff’s fund for inner-city kids wins donors – CNN.com.

Dear Ms. Tuff,

I am 74 years old, and this is the first “fan letter” I’ve ever written – just one of the 1,000’s you must have received by now. After watching the complete video of what you did at your school that day, I simply couldn’t let pass telling you how much I admire you and how much you inspired me.

I once attempted suicide and spent six months in a hospital getting back on my feet. So, I share with you the common experience of despair. I was so moved that you could bring your own life experience to bear in that terrible situation and, thereby, save not only all those innocent students, teachers and staff but the life of that troubled young man as well.

You will remain in my memory in the years I have left, as a living metaphor of the love of Christ – the love of Christ made flesh in Ms. Antoinette Tuff.

May God bless you and keep you always.

Your friend in Christ,

David Blackman
Ewa Beach, Hawaii

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