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As 911 Tapes Released, Llodra 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 will now be available to the world, and First Selectman Pat Llodra is asking the media for restraint.

On Wednesday, CDs containing their contents are being 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.

Newtown Patch will not provide coverage or links to the content of the tapes.
Paul Alexander December 04, 2013 at 02:00 PM
"In a statement released on her blog Tuesday..." Would love to see Pat's blog site analytics to see how many people actually "hear" her. Too little, too late.
Marabeth Pereira December 04, 2013 at 04:39 PM
Davis, thank you for not "provid[ing] coverage or links to the content of the tapes." Your kindness is appreciated.
Ben December 04, 2013 at 05:47 PM
mental health must be recognized as an urgent public health issue and another broken system in America that has yet to be fully addressed since the incident: special education. Schools are using taxpayer money to hire lawyers who have discovered a cash cow in helping districts avoid upholding the IDEA. How much is spent a year on the Moses law firm??
Linda December 04, 2013 at 06:22 PM
Releasing those tapes is wrong. Sickening.
Abe Levy December 04, 2013 at 07:13 PM
Join the fight against GUN VIOLENCE........................ http://www.cagv.org/wp/
Mark Langlois (Editor) December 04, 2013 at 07:58 PM
Hi Davis, Thanks for not linking to the tapes. I was dreading this decision, and am very thankful for the path you picked.
roger December 04, 2013 at 09:27 PM
stay strong, newtown
Thunder Hill December 04, 2013 at 11:21 PM
I agree Mark and Davis. Good call. I think it takes bravery to stand up to the gawkers and gossipers, and say no, not here, not in my backyard. I think you did Newtown proud.
Paula Antolini December 05, 2013 at 08:17 AM
My comment is this: http://bethel.patch.com/groups/paula-antolinis-blog/p/peace-to-all-as-the-one-year-sandy-hook-date-approaches
Tony December 05, 2013 at 10:39 AM
I have kids in elementary school in Newtown. I wanted to hear the tapes to better understand what worked and did not work. What concerned me the most after listening to the tapes was the comment made by a teacher that had called in saying she could not lock her door. As a parent in the Newtown school system, teachers are the second line of defense after the police for keeping my children safe. I need to know that NEWTOWN has implemented new changes that will protect my kids and provide teachers with the latest tools to protect my children. To date, all of that has been kept a secret from the parents. The only changes I see are a police officer and SROs sitting at a desk at the front of the build. I do not trust our town government to do the right thing anymore, so we need to hear these tapes and challenge them on what was done to the schools to prevent or slow down an event like this from happening again. On a separate note, the recordings are hard to find and it was very easy to prevent my 5 and 7 year old from hearing them.
Marilyn December 05, 2013 at 12:58 PM
Tony-this is your 2nd post complaining that everything has been kept "secret" from you. Have you bothered to pick up the phone and call anyone? Start with Kehoe or Llodra...don't bother the BOE...they are only advised by the police. If you want to advocate for your children then become an informed parent...not one that complains on the Patch, waiting for them to come to you!
Thunder Hill December 05, 2013 at 01:11 PM
I think Tony is just some troll looking to start a fight. Get a new hobby dude. I agree with Marilyn, if you really wanted to know if there are locks on the doors, ask someone. You don't need terrified voices on a 911 tape to be the source of that information.
Paula Antolini December 05, 2013 at 03:15 PM
In Bethel Middle School we have "Parent Advisory" meetings several times a semester where parents all meet together with the principal and ask any questions they want. It works very well (whichever parents wish to attend, it is very casual and no registration needed ahead of time).
COSMO P December 05, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Once again a post remover Fancy that!!!

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