Newtown 911 Calls Reveal Calm, Fear Amid Crisis

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“Newtown 911, what’s the location of your emergency?”

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Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, 2012. (Credit: Associated Press)

“We’ve got a shooting at theSandy Hook Elementary School.”

The 911 calls that poured into Newtown, Conn., police last Dec. 14 were handled by calm and firm dispatchers who directed a custodian to “take cover,” told a teacher to keep her kids away from the windows, and tried to reassure desperate callers as gunshots could be heard in the background.

Officials released recordings of the calls on Wednesday after a judge ordered them to do so, against the wishes of many Newtown residents, town leaders and the state’s attorney for the Danbury region, Stephen Sedensky III.

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