Faculty Prevent School Shooting Tragedy in Georgia

Students at an elementary school outside Atlanta are safe, after a gunman walked into their school and waited for police to arrive before opening fire.

The superintendent of DeKalb County Schools in Georgia is calling Tuesday a "blessed" day because all the children at the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur are safe.

Tuesday morning, 20-year-old Michael Brandon Hill walked into the school armed with an assault rifle and other weapons. The school clerk says she told the 20-year-old about the ups and down of her own life as she convinced him to put down his weapons and surrender, after he opened fire on police.

Other teachers rushed the elementary school children to safety through side and back doors. All 800 students were safely evacuated. The kids were bused to a nearby shopping center and reunited with their parents

Authorities found the Hill's car in the school parking lot and searched it. They also went through his home, which is located just blocks away from the school. Hill is facing several charges, including aggravated assault on a police officer and making terroristic threats.

Hill has no clear ties to the school, and police aren't sure how he got into the building, but authorities suspect he snuck in behind someone who was authorized to be there.

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