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U.S. Secretary of Education commends DeKalb officials
by LaTria Garnigan
August 28, 2013 02:09 PM | 1517 views | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With all of the attention surrounding last week’s events at the Ronald McNair Discovery Learning Academy, there was no surprise when the U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, called to congratulate Antoinette Tuff, McNair faculty and DeKalb County schools.

“Thank you for your extraordinary work this week,” said Duncan via teleconference. “I can only imagine how it’s been. Your team saved hundreds of lives.”

On Tuff — the school employee who talked down the suspect last week — Duncan said he was “absolutely in awe of her courage and cool.”

“The whole country applauds what you’ve done — we could have seen a situation eerily similar to Sandy Hook,” he said.

McNair Principal Brian Bolden said school administration spent hours and hours of training to make sure they had everything right with their school safety plan.

“You all are powerful and you all rocked,” said Bolden. “We named it the Miracle of Second Avenue.”

Duncan added that as a parent, he was grateful for the team and said they should make sure to take care of each other and pay attention to the emotions following this event.
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