Newtown 911 Tapes Released
Dispatchers are calm, ask about kids
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 4, 2013 12:01 PM CST
Connecticut State Police lead a line of children from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.   (AP Photo/Newtown Bee, Shannon Hicks, File)

(Newser) – Newtown officials today released the long-awaited—and controversial—recordings of the 911 calls that came in during the Sandy Hook shooting. Operators remain calm on the recordings, the AP reports, even as they seek help from state police and town officials. They urge the callers, who include a janitor and a teacher, and five others, to take cover, and ask them about the welfare of the students. Some excerpts:

  • "I think there's somebody shooting in here in Sandy Hook School," said one female caller. Asked why she thought that, the woman responded, "Somebody's got a gun. I caught a glimpse of somebody. They're running down the hallway. Oh, they're still running and still shooting. Sandy Hook school, please."

  • "Keep everybody calm, keep everybody down, get everybody away from windows, OK," said a dispatcher to an unidentified teacher.
  • "Get everyone you can going down there," said a dispatcher to a colleague while on the phone with school custodian Rick Thorne. "There's still shooting going on, please!" Thorne said later during the call. "Still, it's still going on!"
  • The Hartford Courant has more excerpts.
The tapes were released only thanks to a legal challenge from the AP, and they remain controversial. Prosecutors argued they could upset victims' families, among other objections. (The LA Times outlines the debate here.) Today, local officials warned residents to prepare themselves for the release, Reuters reports.

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Dec 18, 2013 11:32 PM CST
Americans don't want to understand the importance of ban shopping guns over the counter, stop hurting yourself!!
Dec 4, 2013 3:54 PM CST
Great timing for the release... It's the holiday's, the 1 yr anniversary of Sandy Hook is coming up and there's a gun bill being voted on this week. I'm sure it all a coincidence. *rolls eyes*
Dec 4, 2013 2:27 PM CST
Funny they keep reheating the beans over this tragedy to get momentum to ban all guns when 2 or 3 newtons happen in the black ghettos of Chicago every weekend. One or two happen every weekend in DC and only God knows how many in that shithole Detroit. Two newtons have happened in my city this year and set a record for murders. Every single one of them black victims on the south side. Strange how we never hear about those.