As 911 Tapes Released, Newtown First Selectman Asks: 'Treat Us Kindly'

Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra. Credit: Gary Jeanfaivre
Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra. Credit: Gary Jeanfaivre

The 911 recordings placed from Sandy Hook Elementary School on the morning of Dec. 14 are now available to the world, and First Selectman Pat Llodra is asking the media for restraint.

On Wednesday, CDs containing their contents were released to media outlets, and Newtown is bracing for a fresh round of potentially painful reminders of the shooting.

In a statement released on her blog Tuesday, First Selectman Pat Llodra called for the media to "treat us kindly" in reporting the calls, saying they will "create a new layer of pain for many in the Newtown community.

"Hearing those calls takes us back to a day of horror and tragedy," she said. "Imagine yourself as a parent of a child who was killed, or a family member of
one of the six educators. Imagine yourself as a teacher or staff member in that building desperate to save the lives of children. Imagine you are the parent of a child who was able to escape. Then ask yourself, media person, what is the public good and how do I balance that against the hurt?'"

The release comes in between two other tense events: the release of the official state report on the shooting, and the one-year anniversary next Saturday. The tapes were the subject of a court battle between state and town officials and a group of news outlets, including the Associated Press and Hearst Connecticut. After the state's Freedom of Information Commission ruled they must be released, Newtown and state officials appealed, but a state judge upheld the ruling last week.

Patch will not provide coverage or links to the content of the tapes.


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