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911 Calls from Newtown Massacre Released

The 911 recordings from the school massacre in Newtown, Conn., were released Wednesday, less than two weeks before the first anniversary of the tragedy.
The 911 recordings from the school massacre in Newtown, Conn., were released Wednesday, less than two weeks before the first anniversary of the tragedy, after state officials lost a fight to keep them under wraps.

The recordings were made public after the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission approved a request from the Associated Press and the state's attorney decided not to appeal.

Prosecutors had argued that audio of seven calls placed from inside Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012, would cause anguish for the families of the 20 children and six staffers slain.

A court agreed they would be "a searing reminder of the horror and pain of that awful day" but said would also underscore the "bravery and professionalism" of the first responders.

"We don't feel that the 911 calls should have been released but that decision has been made now," said Nicole Hockley, whose 6-year-old son Dylan was murdered.

"It will affect our community certainly and it will affect our families," she told MSNBC. "And I think as parents it's just down to us to ensure our children and families are protected from hearing those for as long as possible."

While many family members opposed the release of the tapes, others were in favor of public airing.

For the full story: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/04/21755185-sandy-hook-shooting-911-calls-from-newtown-massacre-released
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