Pages from manifesto of Nashville Covenant school shooter released on social media, censored by Facebook & YouTube

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NASHVILLE, TN - Steven Crowder, the host of the Louder with Crowder talk show, shared leaked images from portions of the manifesto belonging to Nashville school shooter, 28-year-old Audrey Hale.

The pages released by Crowder allegedly reveal the intentions behind the deadly attack. The manifesto allegedly reads, "Wanna kill all you little (expletive) ... Bunch of little (expletive) w/ your white privlages (expletive) you (expletive)."

On March 27, Hale, a male to female identifying transgender, shot and killed three young children and school staff at the Covenant School — a Christian PreK-6 school in Nashville, Tennessee. 

According to the Post Millennial, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department (MNPD) has since issued an official reaction to the leaked manifesto. 

In its statement, the department said, "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."

Some have claimed that the police department is calling into question the authenticity of the leaked images that Crowder claimed to be from the manifesto. The pages also suggested that Hale had made a final video statement, but that has not been made public.

The leaked copy revealed that Hale had a profound hatred for "little crackers" with "white privilege." The leaked pages have already been censored on Facebook and YouTube. 

According to the Daily Caller, YouTube said it took down "conservative commentator's Steven Crowder's video because it included a link to Hale's writings, but the company does not appear to have a specific rule about manifestos and other videos containing them are still on the platform."

A YouTube spokesperson said in a statement, "Our Community Guidelines prohibit linking to content containing manifestos from individuals who have committed violent attacks, including the tragic event that took place in Nashville, Tennessee in February of 2023. This is consistent with how we've enforced our Community Guidelines in the past."

Prior to the MNPD's announcement on the leak, Nashville Mayor Freddie O'Connell's office gave a statement about the leak of the images reportedly belonging to Hale. His office said that it has "launched an investigation" into how the images of the writings were released.

O'Connell said, "I have directed Wally Dietz, Metro's Law Director, to initiate an investigation into how these images could have been released. 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."

Back in May, FOX 17 reported that several Covenant parents did not want the manifesto to be released, citing fears that it could encourage "copycat" attacks and traumatize survivors. 

An attorney wrote on behalf of the parents in a legal brief, "The parents seek to shield their children from further harm and trauma, including pain that would fester for the rest of their lives if the shooter, their assailant, is allowed to haunt them from beyond the grave."

Hale's manifesto reportedly includes an hour-by-hour calendar of the tragic day, which Hale called, "Death Day." The calendar included everything from "getting dressed" and "eat breakfast" to "prepare for attack" and "time 2 die."
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