A Nashville Christian school that was the site of a recent deadly shooting by a transgender former student has moved to block the release of the shooter’s manifesto, arguing doing so would endanger the safety of current students and faculty.
In recently submitted court documents, The Covenant School filed a motion in court to intervene in the release of writings by Audrey Hale, who took the lives of three children and three adults in the March rampage. Attorneys for the school argue that releasing the documents to the public would unveil sensitive information about the school grounds such as building schematics and confidential information about students and employees, according to a Nashville Fox affiliate. “The disposition of this action may impair or impede its ability to protect its interests and the privacy of its employees and students,” the motion states.
The city government, responding to the school’s request, sided with its argument for discretion:
“The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson does not oppose the intervention of Covenant Presbyterian Church of Nashville or The Covenant School. The Metropolitan Government believes these entities have important interests in whether the documents in MNPD’s investigative file are released to the public. The Metropolitan Government supports their intervention and asks that the Court give them an opportunity to participate in the show cause hearing and consider their interests and arguments.”
Since the shooting, a number of lawsuits, supported by Tennessee GOP officials, have sought to unlock the motives behind the transgender shooter who formerly attended the school and was under medical watch for an emotional disorder. Unbeknownst to her parents, Hale legally purchased five guns that were used in the attack.
Since authorities announced their intent to release the manifesto, details have leaked about Hale’s radical anti-gun musings. Additional writings are not only wanted by conservatives, but those on the left as well; in April a progressive journalist sued the FBI seeking to obtain access to the full manifesto.