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The Covenant School mass shooter’s manifesto being reviewed for public release

From Fox 17 in Nashville: The Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD) anticipates releasing the manifesto left behind by The Covenant School mass shooter Audrey Hale to the public.


MNPD and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have had the writings of Hale in their possession as part of the investigation into the murder of three 9-year-old students and three staff members on March 27, 2023.


Some Tennessee lawmakers, such as U.S. Representative Tim Burchett have been calling on law enforcement to release the writings with the hopes they will provide answers for victims and a grieving city.


Although the FBI and MNPD have been processing the information, they have now moved closer to releasing the writings to the public. MNPD’s Public Information Office tells FOX 17 News “The investigation has advanced to the point that writings from the Covenant shooter are now being reviewed for public release. That process is underway and will take a little time.”


Despite the support by some on releasing the materials, others believe they should not be released unless the information is helpful. Metro Nashville Councilwoman Courtney Johnston previously spoke with FOX 17, stating while she is not involved in the investigation, law enforcement personnel she has spoken with say the writings “keeps them up at night” and The Covenant School shooting was “a small sliver of what she was trying to do.” Johnston clarifies she is not part of the investigation in any way and has no control over what police and the FBI choose to do with the writings. She believes if it can be helpful then it should be released but if will cause harm then she questions the value of releasing such materials.