The Lifetime movie, Faith Under Fire: The Antoinette Tuff Story, was a reminder of the attempted Georgia school shooting. Michael Brandon Hill entered the school with a loaded rifle and, though nobody was hurt in the process, exchanged fire with police. After watching the movie, people want to know what happened to the real Michael Brandon Hill.
Micheal Brandon Hill, portrayed by Trevor Morgan in Faith Under Fire, was 20 years old when he entered a middle school full of children with a loaded weapon. He put more than 800 students in danger that day. If it were not for a brave woman named Antoinette Tuff, that day would have ended in tragedy. Tuff worked at the school’s front office, and was the one who made Hill put his weapon down and surrender. Find out where Michael Hill is today.
The Attempted Georgia School Shooting
On August 20, 2013, a 20-year-old man entered Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy with an assault rifle.
Thanks to the staff’s training in handling situations like this one, the children were safe from harm. As Hill went into the front office with a weapon, Tuff talked him down, while signaling her colleagues to warn the teachers and children.
She talked him down by telling him about her personal life, narrating her struggles about considering suicide after her divorce. When he was calm, he wanted her to call 911 saying, “Call the probation office in DeKalb County and let them know what’s going on.” On the call, she told the dispatcher that, “He said he should have just went to the mental hospital instead of doing this, because he’s not on his medication.”
Still on the phone with 911, Tuff was heard telling Hill, “We’re not gonna hate you, baby. It’s a good thing that you’re giving up.”
Though he surrendered, Hill briefly exchanged gunfire with police, but nobody was harmed.
Upon leaving the building, a visibly relieved Tuff revealed that she believed “that if he got out that door he was going to kill everybody.”
Where Is Michael Brandon Hill Now?
When he was captured, Hill told authorities he was sorry and that he was off his medication.
He was charged with terroristic threats, aggravated assault on a police officer, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, following an arrest earlier that year for attempting to kill his brother.
Hill’s brother, Timothy Hill later told officials that Micheal was bipolar and had a “long history of medical disorders,” and could “do something stupid.”
The gunman reportedly tried to kill himself nine times in the past, and was prescribed psychiatric medication.
After Micheal Brandon Hill’s attempted school shooting, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison. He pleaded guilty to 13 counts, which included, burglary, aggravated assault, illegal possession of a firearm, carrying a gun in a school zone, and making terroristic threats.