A manifesto believed to have been written by trans Nashville Catholic school shooter Audrey Hale has become public and reveals her intention to kill ‘white privileged’ kids before being shot dead by police.
The manifesto has been shrouded in secrecy since the shooting on March 27 this year. Nashville PD is yet to release it despite multiple media requests, and the issue is now the subject of a lawsuit.
On Monday, controversial podcast host Steven Crowder published photographs of three pages of it, which he says his reporters obtained from a detective at the scene.
Police sources told Fox 17 that the documents were authentic, and Freddie O’Connell, the new mayor of Nashville, said he is ‘concerned’, and asked the city’s top attorney to launch an investigation into the leaked photos. Hale’s parents said they had not seen them before, and did not know if they were real.
They purport to show Hale’s plan for the day that began with breakfast at home, included lunch, and a 10-minute ‘final video’ which has not yet been made public.
Hale was concerned about how long the rampage would last, but wanted to annihilate what she described as ‘cr****s’ and f****ts’ before being killed herself.
She was furious about she believed were ‘white privileged’ kids at ‘fancy private schools’, despite previously attending the same school herself.
Audrey Hale, a 28-year-old transgender former student of the school, murdered three nine-year-olds and three teachers on March 23 before being shot dead by police
Hale is shown inside the school with one of the seven weapons she purchased legally
Cops gunned down Hale during her ‘carefully planned’ attack in which she killed three children and three adults
Firearms advocates and police unions wanted Hale’s manifesto released, but the school and parents of the victims argued the writings should not be released to avoid potential copycats, and to allow for closure.
David Raybin, who is representing Hale’s parents, said they have not seen the documents before.
He added that it would be inappropriate to offer comment on the photos, given the pending lawsuit.
Metro Nashville Police Department said they have launched an inquiry.
‘The MNPD is in communication with the Metropolitan Department of Law as an investigation, begun this morning, continues into the dissemination of three photographs of writings during an on-line discussion about Covenant School.
‘The photographs are not MNPD crime scene images.
‘The police department has been in contact with a representative of Covenant families. Police department counselors are available to assist them in coping with the emotional trauma caused by the dissemination.’
In an entry on the day of the attack, titled Death Day, Hale wrote: ‘Today is the day. The day has finally come. I can’t believe it’s here. Don’t know how I was able to get this far but here I am.
‘I’m a little nervous but excited too, been excited for the past two weeks.’
Worryingly, she said there were ‘several times’ she ‘could have been caught.’
‘None of that matters now. I’m almost an hour and 7 minutes away. Can’t believe I’m doing this but I’m ready… I hope my victims aren’t.
‘My only fear is if anything goes wrong. I’ll do my best to prevent any of the sort.
‘God let my wrath take over my anxiety. It might be 10 minutes tops. It might be 3-7. It’s gonna go quick. I hope I have a high death count. Ready to die.’
The mayor on Monday said an investigation into the leaks had been launched.
‘I have directed Wally Dietz, Metro’s Law Director, to initiate an investigation into how these images could have been released,’ said O’Connell.
‘That investigation may involve local, state, and federal authorities.
‘I am deeply concerned with the safety, security, and well-being of the Covenant families and all Nashvillians who are grieving.
‘This incident naturally invokes additional emotional trauma, and families or individuals who need support should reach out to professionals at National Alliance on Mental Illness (615-891-4724), MNPD support counselors (615-862-7773) or MNPS Family Information Center (615-259-INFO).’
Dietz said he was unable to confirm their authenticity, but was investigating.
‘At this time we have limited information about this possible leak of documents related to the tragic shooting at Covenant School. I cannot confirm or deny the authenticity of the documents due to the existing lawsuit,’ he said.
‘At the request of the Mayor, I am initiating a full investigation with multiple law enforcement agencies to determine exactly what happened.’
Controversial podcast host Steven Crowder published leaked photos of the manifesto despite the ongoing court battle over whether or not they should become public
In another entry on February 3, six weeks before the shooting, she wrote: ‘Kill those kids!!! Those cr***rs going to private fancy schools with those fancy kwakis and sports backpacks. With their money daddies mustangs and convertables [sic]. F**k you little s**ts.
‘I wish to shoot you weaka** d**ks with your mop yellow hair, wanna kill all you little cr*****s!!! Bunch of little f****ts with your white privalages [sic]. ‘F**k you f****ts.’
Hale planned out the massacre by the minute, aiming to wake up at 6.30am, get dressed at 7.05 and spend time with her stuffed animals and possessions between 7.05am and 8.55AM.
In reality, she went to the school much earlier than planned.
She was shot dead by police at 10:25 am – 14 minutes after first entering the school and opening fire.
Katherine Koonce, head of school (left), and Mike Hill, a custodian (right) were among those shot dead by Audrey Hale
Substitute teacher Cynthia Peak, 61, known as Cindy, is shown with her daughter Ellie. Peak was one of six people shot and killed
She used seven, legally-purchased guns in the attack – despite having received treatment for an ’emotional disorder’ which should have stopped her from being able to buy them.
Hale herself attended The Covenant School as a child.
The manifesto is among evidence that Nashville PD has not yet released to the public or media, citing its ongoing investigation.
Media outlets have been campaigning for transparency and say suppressing the files could set a dangerous precedent to block the release of records without a victim’s consent.
A judge ruled last month that the families of the six victims will have a right to protest the release of records.
They have begged the police department not to make the files public, citing the risk of a copycat attack.