Release of 911 Calls From Sandy Hook Massacre Is Insensitive Slap to Survivors

After a long legal battle to keep them private, some of the recordings of the 911 calls made from Sandy Hook Elementary School were made public on Wednesday.

A state attorney had been fighting their release on behalf of the victims’ families, but last week Connecticut Superior Court Judge Eliot Prescott upheld the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission’s ruling to make the recordings public.


The calls were made from those inside the Newtown school when Adam Lanza went on a rampage last December 14 that left 20 first graders and 6 school staff members dead, before killing himself.

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Just ... why? Why do they need to be released? Does anyone really need to hear terrified voices, likely with gunshots in the background? Those things are pretty loud, you know.

What good does this possibly accomplish?

The court even agreed that it would be “a searing reminder of the horror and pain of that awful day,” but they wanted to underscore the “bravery and professionalism” of the first responders.

Dude, I’m glad that the 911 responders did their jobs that day, but can’t we just give them an honorable mention? I wonder how they’re feeling about it ... do they really want to be at the center of this controversial attention, or would they rather keep the recordings private?

I just don’t see the point. We’re less than two weeks away from the one-year anniversary of the shooting. The families are still grieving. The school is still being torn down. Let them be.

Do you think the recordings should have been left under wraps?

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