The Tennessee Conservative [By Rebecca Scott] –
As Nashville citizens, political leaders, and law enforcement are searching for answers as to who originally leaked several pages of the Covenant School shooter’s manifesto to conservative host Steven Crowder, seven metro police officers have been placed on “administrative assignment.”
The public has been made aware that these officers are not under any sort of punishment or disciplinary action and they still possess “full police power.” According to a statement from a Metro Nashville Police Department spokesperson, these officers have been moved to administrative assignment in order to “protect the integrity of the active, progressing investigation.”
Mayor of Nashville, Freddie O’Connell, has made his own statement indicating that he initiated the investigation. Mayor O’Connell said in regard to the investigation that it “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.”
Meanwhile, according to Steven Crowder on his verified X page, none of the officers placed on leave were the source of the leaked information.
The following was posted on Crowder’s X account on Wednesday morning:
“Let me keep this simple because the Left wants to intimidate whistleblowers in the future, to prevent more leaks like the #NashvilleManifesto.
1. No, NONE of the 7 officers allegedly put on administrative leave is our source.
2. No one was paid for the Nashville Manifesto.
3. Anyone who says differently is lying. Don’t be fooled, intimidated or frightened.”
Brent Leatherwood, whose children attend Covenant and are survivors of the rampage, spoke on behalf of families saying that the release of the writings allows the shooter “to now terrorize us with words from the grave.”
Many Tennesseans are of the mind that the manifesto should have been released immediately following the shooting so as to avoid speculation and to allow the public to know exactly what motivated the criminal. Everything possible should be done to avoid tragedies like The Covenant School shooting from ever happening in the future.
While citizens grieve the loss of life and the trauma that survivors now must endure, it is the hope of many that the release of the full manifesto would enlighten schools, parents, law enforcement, and lawmakers as to how best to proceed in legislation, safety planning, intervention, and awareness of potential threats.
This story will continue to develop as new information becomes available and court proceedings continue. Tennesseans can only hope that there will be transparency and accuracy in what is presented to the public.
Rebecca Scott is a Tennessee resident and reporter for The Tennessee Conservative. You can reach Rebecca at Rebecca@tennesseeconservativenews.com.