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The March school shooting involving a transgender suspect and former student of the Christian school at which it took place still has Americans asking a lot of questions.
The shooter left behind a manifesto that could answer some of those questions, but it has yet to be released to the public.
The mass execution of three 9-year-old students and three adults working at the school has been described as an attack on Christians, though the Biden administration voiced concern for the LGBTQ community following the horrific incident.
Is the FBI purposely withholding the manifesto?
Officials reportedly found a plethora of evidence at the shooter’s home including 20 journals, five laptops, and a suicide note.
Sen. Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn., appeared on Fox News’ morning show “Fox & Friends” this morning to discuss the situation.
“It’s been very perplexing to all of us involved,” Hagerty said. “It seems that certain information is flooded into the marketplace immediately if it fits the narrative, so to speak. If the information does not fit the narrative, it seems to get suppressed.”
“I don’t know what’s in the manifesto. I want to be sensitive to our law enforcement officers that are going through this, but it’s certainly taking a long time to figure out whether and what information should be released,” he continued.
“I think people do deserve to know what took place, what was in the mind of this sick person that committed these heinous murders.”
“I understand that this White House is focused entirely on politics. I’m certainly focused on… those who lost their lives,” Hagerty said.
“We’re doing what we can to put in place legislation to harden schools, to protect these children, to protect the most vulnerable, and political stunts really are secondary and minor, I think, to everyone, certainly in Tennessee, that cares about the situation at Covenant School.”
“We need to know what was going through this person’s head, and the manifesto should be made public,” Tennessee Republican Representative Tim Burchett told Fox News Digital in a statement shortly following the horrific incident.
Not everyone sees it that way. Some want the information to be kept out of the public view for fear of what effect the release of the information will have on the LGBTQ community.
After all, does any group of people have a higher standing in the U.S. these days?
“It should not be published,” Jordan Budd, the executive director of Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere (COLAGE), told Newsweek.
“The focus should be on how this was able to happen in the first place. There should not be such easy access to deadly weaponry.”
“Regardless of the shooter’s intentions, the real issue here is the ease of access to deadly weapons in Tennessee and elsewhere,” Budd said, adding, “All children, no matter who their parents are or how they identify, should feel safe and supported at school. That includes a world free from gun violence.”
It always goes back to the guns. Don’t ask what caused this person to want to kill small children.
Laura McGinnis, a spokesperson for Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbian and Gays (PFLAG), agreed that it should not be released.
While she agrees that the manifesto could be helpful for law enforcement and policymakers in identifying warning signs and possibly preventing future similar incidents, she said the contents of the manifesto won’t change the tragedy that already occurred.