Parties Opposed To Release Of Covenant School Shooting Records To Present Arguments At Upcoming Hearing

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The Tennessee Conservative [By Paula Gomes] –

After a status conference, held earlier this week, regarding the release of records from The Covenant School shooting, a judge has now decided that those wishing to intervene in the lawsuits against Metro Government of Nashville and Davidson County will be allowed to do so.

Chancellor I’Ashea Myles ruled Wednesday that The Covenant School, Covenant Presbyterian Church, and Covenant parents may present arguments against the release of documents at a show cause hearing scheduled for June 8th, and possibly extending through June 9th.

Both the school and the church say releasing the records may put students and staff at risk due to the sharing of security plans or that “copy-cat perpetrators” will use the information to commit similar crimes. Parents, who will be represented pseudonymously to keep the identities of their children private, say that releasing the documents could cause their children more trauma.

Attorneys for all those seeking the release of the records will also present arguments at the show cause hearing on June 8th.

Metro Legal says there are several exceptions to the Tennessee Public Records Act that would prevent the city from releasing the documents:

Rule 16 of the Tennessee Rules of Criminal Procedure  – ongoing criminal investigation.

Section 504(a)29(A) of Tennessee public records law – release of the records would be a violation due to personally identifying information of citizens.

• Section 504(p) of Tennessee public records law – records are related to school security.

• Section 504(t) of Tennessee public records law – records contain confidential information about the minor crime victims.

Section 38-7-110(c) of Tennessee code – records include medical records of the deceased, law enforcement investigative reports, photographs and other media featuring the deceased.

Senator Todd Gardenhire, one of the plaintiffs requesting the release of the writings and other documents, wishes to have the information to help in the drafting of legislation before Governor Bill Lee’s special session slated for August 21st.

When the school and church first motioned to intervene in the case, some plaintiffs did not object as it related to school safety. Later, all plaintiffs opposed intervention when the parents’ motions sought even greater restrictions.

The plaintiffs, who have all been consolidated into one case, have argued that the city’s exceptions do not apply in the case due to the shooter being killed by law enforcement and also because there is no pending criminal prosecution.

“As horrible a thing that happened to the parents and the families of the people who were killed, they’re not victims of a crime,” Attorney Robb Harvey told Myles. “So the constitutional provision doesn’t apply to them.”

Attorney for The Tennessean and Gardenhire, Robb Harvey, wrote that the intervention motions have a chilling effect on the exercise of First Amendment rights.

 About the Author: Paula Gomes is a Tennessee resident and reporter for The Tennessee Conservative. You can reach Paula at

5 thoughts on “Parties Opposed To Release Of Covenant School Shooting Records To Present Arguments At Upcoming Hearing

  • May 26, 2023 at 9:02 pm

    This is a load of garbage. If the shooter would of been White and straight would of been smeared head lines before nightfall! But it is a lgbtque or what ever and it is put under lock and key because it does not further their agenda??

  • May 27, 2023 at 1:09 am

    One would think that if Govenor Lee and his cohorts were serious about protecting schools they would want her writings released. The schools argument that it would endanger the security is bs….what security? I saw no security on any of the released videos. So I assume they have done nothing to secure the school???
    So the Govenor and his RINO buddies want to pass laws that violate the Constitution, puts law abiding citizens at the mercy of anonymous tipsters and creates chaos. These type laws have never worked and never will.
    Arm and train teachers and staff if you want to protect our children.

  • May 27, 2023 at 1:47 pm

    One question, why is this christian school so against releasing the manifesto? I think that they are trying to hide something that happened to this person, while they were attending this school. For example maybe sexual abuse. I’m a Christian, there are bad churches out there. Jesus wrote letters to the seven churches in the book of Revelations chapters 1-3 warning them. “Parents, who will be represented pseudonymously to keep the identities of their children private, say that releasing the documents could cause their children more trauma.” The names of the victims have already been released. This school definitely has something to hide. They are just using outlandish excuses. The parents of children in this school should be asking questions. This just doesn’t add up. My prayers go out to victims and their families.
    In God we trust not government or man.
    Have a blessed day.

  • May 27, 2023 at 5:22 pm

    The public has a vested interest in knowing “her” thought process, what drugs “she” was taking and a full toxicology report.
    The information re targets and planning are important to law enforcement and our legislature only.


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