Thousands of pages of documents for the Newtown, Connecticut Sandy Hook School shooting were released today and Fox News put a team to work reading through the information for anything of public interest. The Newtown shooting took the lives of 20 children and six adults, so what more is there to say about this tragedy?
Fox News on Dec. 27 is showing some of pictures released with these documents. The pictures are of things that were found in Adam Lanza’s room, the teen that shot and killed all these innocent people. His ID to get into the school computer lab at his school was in one of the photos and the hard drive of his computer, which looked destroyed and sitting next to a small sledge hammer was in another photo.
Fox promises not to release anything that would bring pain to the families of the victims. What people want to know is why Lanza did this and what signs, if any, were there in his past that could possibly be a red flag for what was about to transpire?
So far what is known from the newly released documents is that Lanza’s mother, who he killed before going to the school to open fire, was away outlet shopping in the days before the Newtown school shooting. She came home the day before the massacre transpired. The documents report a conversation that Lanza’s mother had with someone (the name was blacked out) and she mentioned her son had a disability.
These documents number in the thousands and they include text, photos, 911 emergency calls received by the Connecticut State Police on the day of the incident. The documents are heavily redacted, reports Fox.
The massacre of 20 first graders, who were only six and seven-years-old, and the six adults saddened the heart of the nation. You can just imagine what the folks in Newtown are enduring today.
The documents were released with an introductory letter from Commissioner Reuben Bradford. He explains the reasoning behind the release of this information:
"I hope that the release of this report, though painful, will allow those who have been affected by it to continue in their personal process of healing, and will provide helpful information that can be put to use to prevent such tragedies in the future.”
On Thursday, the superintendent of Newtown public schools sent an email to the parents in the school system informing them that the documents will be released on Friday. He suggested that the documents may be an emotional trigger for some of the people and he points them in the direction of the National Trauma Stress Network if they find they can use some support.
The answer that everyone is looking for may never be found. How did this kid turn into such a monster, a monster that would massacre little children? What were the events leading up to this and was there something that would have presented as enough of a red flag to stop him before he did this?
This young shooter certainly had red flags all around him, but were they enough to put him somewhere before this event transpired? Even with the information possibly being used as a guide to prevent future tragedies, wouldn’t this best be left for the professionals rather than the media and the public to go through?
It is hard to rationalize the releasing of this information when the consequences of spreading more pain to the families is a possible outcome in doing so. Let’s hope that other media outlets take the same stand as Fox and release nothing that would cause any further pain to the Newtown families.