A week ago today, Michael Brandon Hill’s attempted acts of terrorism on a Georgia elementary school were thwarted by Antoinette Tuff, the school’s bookkeeper. Hill entered the school with 500 rounds and an AK-47 with the intent on leaving mass casualties, including himself. While on the phone with a 911 dispatcher, Tuff was able to diffuse the situation and talk Hill into dropping his weapons and turning himself in.
In all sense of the word, Tuff is a hero.
Hill’s history of mental illness and previous run-ins with the law were immediately unveiled. At an early age, Hill was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Hill’s brother, Timothy, recently appeared on Piers Morgan Tonight and discussed growing up with the alleged shooter. From being on the receiving end of threats from his brother, a house being set on fire, and seeing his brother involuntarily committed 10 times, Timothy doesn’t exactly think the system failed his family, but thinks it could have done much more.
Timothy isn’t pleased with attention President Obama has given Tuff. While sitting in the green room waiting for his segment, Timothy watched a clip of Anderson Cooper 360 and got agitated when he learned Tuff received a thank-you call from Obama. Piers Morgan decided to call him out on that and wanted to know what angered him. “I’m pretty sure she’s been thanked by 100s and 100s of people,” he said. I honestly did not see it necessary for President Obama to call her up when he could have been focusing more on what could be done to prevent things like this.”
Maybe Timothy hasn’t heard of this little health care act that’s been talked about for the last two years? Or the fact that mental health is a huge part of the Health Care Act. In any event, maybe he should be a little more congratulatory, if it wasn’t for Tuff, his brother would be one of two things a) dead b) facing a lot more charges than he is now. The 5 minute phone call made by Obama was deserving, and I’m sure didn’t impede on the President’s decision making time.