In a shocking development, a portion of the Nashville school shooter’s writings, long withheld from public view, have now surfaced, shedding light on a motive steeped in racial hatred. The three-page manifesto, revealed on Monday morning by Steven Crowder, exhibits a hatred toward White individuals, particularly those attending the private Covenant School.
The assailant, Audrey Hale, outlined her macabre itinerary for “death day” and expressed a desire for a high casualty count. These revelations, confirmed independently by Crowder’s team, contrast sharply with Nashville authorities’ reluctance to release the writings, citing the ongoing investigation and concerns of traumatizing the community.
The journal-entry-style writings, if authentic, appear to have been written on or soon before the day of the shooting and reveal Hale’s mindset leading up to the massacre. The first page provides in part:
“Today is the day. The day has finally come!
I can’t believe its 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 2 weeks.”
She also writes about “several times” when she was nearly stopped in her plans, “especially back in the summer of 2021.”
“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. It might be 3-7. It’s gunna go quick. I hope I have a high death count.”
She ends the page with a haunting note: “Ready to die haha”
The second page contained a detailed schedule Hale set up for the day of the shooting, showing the extent of the planning put into the killings.
The final page of the leaked manifesto provides further insight into why Hale chose the school for her target. The killer described her victims as “crackers” who go to “fancy private schools with those fancy khakis & sports backpacks.” She also said she wanted to “kill all you little crackers,” calling her victims a “bunch of little f—s” with “white privilege.”
It’s unknown how many more pages are in the manifesto, which Crowder says has been confirmed as authentic by his investigators.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee’s (R) request for transparency soon after the shooting was met with assurances from Nashville’s police chief, yet the manifesto remained under wraps, even after the police chief promised to release it “soon” after the murders. The police and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations’ refusal, followed by a judge’s decision influenced by parents’ opposition, has only added layers to the controversy.
Moreover, the manifesto’s content questions the classification of this heinous act. The shooter targeted children based on their race, yet the FBI did not label it a hate crime. This discrepancy could further fuel the debate over the application of hate crime laws and the role of race in such determinations.
The leak comes amid a legal battle between the National Police Association and Nashville’s police department, with the former demanding the public release of the full manifesto. The lawsuit’s progression has no precise timeline and, like all litigation, has the potential to drag on for years.
This case not only raises concerns about public access to critical information in the aftermath of tragedies but also about the implications of withholding such information. The delay in releasing the manifesto could be seen as a disservice to the victims’ memories and a barrier to understanding and preventing future attacks.
As the community grapples with grief, the emergence of these pages offers a glimpse into the shooter’s mindset which was marked by a fixation on race and privilege. The community and the nation now wait anxiously for the full disclosure of the writings.