December 5th, 2013
11:30 AM ET

Newtown Families React to Release of 911 Recordings

The reaction among Newtown families to 911 recordings being released Wednesday is mixed.

Two of the relatives CNN's Pamela Brown spoke with are unequivocally opposed to these 911 calls being made public, saying releasing the audio only pours salt into their wounds.

But another relative tells CNN the audio "helped her make sense of the details in a senseless situation."

Nicole Hockley's son Dylan was a first grader killed inside Sandy Hook Elementary school.

Hockley did not want the calls released, saying, "I have no desire whatsoever to hear the slaughter of 26 people, including my six-year-old boy. And I can't imagine why anyone else would want to hear that as well."

Though the daughter of slain principal Dawn Hochsprung, says the audio helped paint a more complete picture of what unfolded inside the school that horrendous day.

Media organizations across the county delicately debated what if anything from the tapes should be aired.

Out of respect for the families who worried their nightmare would be sensationalized for TV, many news organizations, including CNN, are choosing to air only selective parts at certain times.

Others, such as ABC News, are choosing not to broadcast any of the audio.

TIME Magazine's Jeffrey Kluger weighed in on the release of the tapes on "New Day" Thursday.

Kluger said he doesn't see the value in their release and doesn't think they should be listened to.


To see how you can help honor some of the victims and their families,  please visit the sites below:

Dylan Hockley Memorial 

Sandy Hook Promise

Dawn Hochsprung Memorial Fund 

Jesse Lewis Memorial Fund 


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