Newtown Braces for Release of Probe Details, Possible 911 Calls
(NEWTOWN, Conn.) -- Nearly a year after gunman Ryan Lanza opened fire on Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., killing children and teachers, authorities are preparing to release new details from the investigation and, possibly, 911 call recordings. Connecticut Superior Court Judge Eliot Prescott said on Monday that he would listen to all of the 911 calls from the morning of Dec. 14, 2012, when Lanza walked into the elementary school and killed 20 students and six staff members.
Prescott said he would listen to the calls in his chamber Monday and make a decision "soon" about whether to release the calls to the public. His announcement came just hours before prosecutors are expected to release the first report on the investigation into the shooting.
Few details about what actually happened in the school that day, and about the background and possible motives of Lanza, have been released to the public. Now, just weeks before the anniversary of the shooting, Newtown parents and community members are preparing themselves for the release of information about the gruesome day. "We are gearing up for the release of the investigation report, will learn of the disposition of the tapes of the 911 calls, and will experience the first anniversary of the tragedy at Sandy Hook School," Newtown council member Pat Llodra wrote on her blog this week. "Each of these happenings has the potential to feel like a body blow. It takes our breath away and we struggle to regain our balance."
Llodra said that over the past year, unofficial leaks of information that have been reported has been painful for the community.
"We cannot stop the drip-drip-drip of leaked information -- a problem that has plagued us for months and months. Is it possible that those persons who feel compelled to speak without authority and without permission do not know the harm they do?" she said.
"And we cannot stop the release of whatever information the courts determine must be released. And we cannot, despite massive efforts of many, ensure that we will not be overrun by media on December 14," Llodra added.
It is unclear how much information from the investigation will be released in the report Monday.
Llodra emphasized that though the anniversary will once again draw attention and a media presence to Newtown, the town will hold no public memorials on Dec. 14 and will choose, instead, to remember the tragedy quietly.
"So, what can we do? We can tap into that inner strength we have called upon again and again over this past year to confront what we must, manage that hurt as best we can, and put it behind us somehow," she said. "We have a choice on December 14. We have called upon every person to honor those who lost their lives that day in a personal, kind way."
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