Town officials initially tried to prevent
release of the recordings of emergency phone calls made after
Newtown resident Adam Lanza, 20, shot his way into the school.
Lanza then unleashed one of the worst mass shootings in U.S.
history before turning a gun on himself.
The state Freedom of Information Commission ordered the release
of seven calls placed from inside the elementary school. Gunfire
is audible in the background of the audio-enhanced recordings,
according to a lawyer for Newtown.
Late last month, a judge ruled the town must comply with the
commission's order, and Newtown officials have since dropped
their appeal. First Selectman Pat Llodra recently reversed her
long-standing position, saying the tapes should be released in
full in order to prevent partial leaks of the recordings.
On Tuesday, Newtown School Superintendent John Reed emailed
parents to alert them to the recordings' release and remind them
the recordings could serve as an "emotional trigger."
Last week, Sedensky released a report on the Newtown massacre
that concluded Lanza had acted alone, but that his motivation
for the attack "may never be answered."
(Reporting by Edith
Honan; editing by Scott Malone and David