Safety officials secure the area around Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, following a a shooting at the Newtown, Conn., school. Gary Stoller, USA TODAY
(NBC NEWS) -- The 911 recordings from the school massacre in Newtown, Conn., were
released Wednesday, less than two weeks before the first anniversary of
the tragedy, after state officials lost a fight to keep them under
The recordings were made public after the Connecticut
Freedom of Information Commission approved a request from the Associated
Press and the state's attorney decided not to appeal.
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had argued that audio of seven calls placed from inside Sandy Hook
Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012, would cause anguish for the families
of the 20 children and six staffers slain.
A court agreed they
would be "a searing reminder of the horror and pain of that awful day"
but said would also underscore the "bravery and professionalism" of the
By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC News