Mayor Freddie O’Connell (D) criticized the release of documents purported to be the manifesto of the Nashville elementary school shooter. The release of what may be Audrey Hale’s writings raised questions about why the document was held in secret for more than a half year.
The mayor said the release of the information was a “violation” of the privacy of the families of the three students and three adults killed in the March shooting.
He also said that the city would investigate the circumstances around the release.
O’Connell said that the city would “continue to focus on connecting the families that have been traumatized to resources that can help with that.”
The mayor further called for an “independent review of how these materials, which are under seal right now, could have found their way outside the legal process.”
The Nashville mayor's office has confirmed they are working with Metro legal to determine how those images were released to anyone.
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The mayor did not comment regarding whether or not the document was authentic.
The leak reportedly originated from access to the documents by someone linked to the Tennessee state legislature, but this has not been independently confirmed.
The leaked documents discuss Hale’s purported motivation behind the shooting.
The shooter allegedly wrote that the students were “crackers going to private fancy schools with fancy khakis.” Hale allegedly also wrote about a desire to shoot the children with “mop yellow hair, wanna kill all you little crackers.”
The killer also wrote about the students’ “White privileges.”
On the day of the shooting, the shooter wrote that it was “time 2 die.”
“I hope I have a high death count. Ready to die haha,” Hale wrote in the document.
Following the shooting, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R) promised the release of the shooter’s manifesto, which was reportedly found by police shortly after the attack.
Despite the promise and a number of freedom of information requests, there has been no official release of the document. Even following the release, city and state officials have not confirmed the veracity of the images.