ABC/Jeff NeiraToni Braxton is starring in a new Lifetime movie, Faith Under Fire, the true story of a school worker who saved hundreds of children when she convinced a potential mass murderer to surrender.
The seven-time Grammy Award winner portrays Decatur, Georgia elementary school bookkeeper Antoinette Tuff, who arrived at work just before mentally ill gunman Michael Hill threatened to kill everyone in the school, and began firing on police with an AK-47 assault rifle.
Tuff was suffering from depression and had considered suicide that day.
Using her own desperate condition as a starting point, she talked to Hill, convinced him to give up, and averted a disaster.
In the trailer, we see Braxton as Tuff confronting Hill and saying, “You don’t have to do this, son.”
The film is based on the book Prepared for a Purpose: An Inspiring True Story of Faith, Courage and Compassion in Crisis by Antoinette Tuff and Alex Tresniowski.
Faith Under Fire premieres January 28 at 8 p.m/7 p.m. Central, on Lifetime.
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