"Remarkable" was how President Obama described Antoinette Tuff, the bookkeeper in Decatur, Ga., who earlier this week persuaded a young man to lay down his guns he had taken into an elementary school and give himself up to police.
The president said this during a phone call he had with Tuff, who was being interviewed by CNN's Anderson Cooper at the time. In the call, Obama said: “Here is somebody who is not just courage [sic] and not just cool under pressure, but also had enough heart that somehow she could convince somebody that was really troubled that she cared about him.”
While still being interviewed, Tuff was surprisingly united with Kendra McCray, the 911 operator who helped Tuff through the ordeal. McCray told Tuff “She missed her calling. She should have been a counselor. She did so great.”
When asked how she was able to maintain her composure while a young man stood before her with an assault rifle and other weapons: “That was nobody else but God’s grace and mercy, because I can truly tell you that I was terrified on the inside.”
As reported in STN, Obama received a letter in February from Judge William B. Matthews that nominated murdered Alabama school bus driver Chuck Poland for the Presidential Medal of Freedom after giving up his life while trying to protect 21 students on the bus from a trespassing gunmen. Matthews confirmed for STN that Obama received the letter but that he did not act on it.
Staying in the cable television world, recently the CNBC show “Mad Money with Jim Cramer” discussed the stock of Student Transportation Inc., the third-largest school transportation company in the United States, which he said has managed to make a big comeback. Receiving a stock tip about STI from a viewer, Cramer decided to take a closer look at the company to see if that comeback was real. Here, Cramer speaks with STI Chairman and CEO Denis Gallagher about the company.
If you haven’t see it yet, the retailer partnered with Da Rich Kidzz, a group of kid rappers from Minneapolis, who range from 10 to 13 years old, to make a hip-hop music video about their bus being their limo ride to school as they ride back to school in style. The rap chorus, which is repeated many times, is “My limo is my school bus.” Even the bus’ stop arm makes a surprising appearance in the video. We hope you check out the video. We truly enjoyed it.