After avoiding what could have been a tragedy last week, this week students at Decatur’s Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy will get a treat. On Tuesday, the Atlanta Dream will invite students from McNair to attend the team’s final regular season home game. At the game, teachers will be honored for their heroics during the Aug. 20 school shooting, with the spotlight on Antoinette Tuff, the bookkeeper who talked the shooter down.
The two-time Eastern Conference champion Dream will join the elementary school students at an assembly to invite them to their Sept. 8 game against the Phoenix Mercury.
Students, teachers and staff will all be invited to the game.
On Aug. 20, a gunman, later identified as 25-year-old Michael Brandon Hill, held one or two staff members in the front office captive for a time, according to police, making one of them call a local TV station. As officers swarmed the campus outside, he shot at them at least a half a dozen times with an assault rifle from inside the school and they returned fire, said DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric L. Alexander. Hill then surrendered.
Tuff, who has since been hailed as a national hero for her bravery and cool under pressure, was able to talk Hill into surrendering to police. No one was injured.