911 tapes from Sandy Hook massacre released

Recordings of 911 calls from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting show town dispatchers calmly responding to a janitor, a teacher and others and assuring them help is coming.

The operators urge the people inside the school to take cover as they reach out to town officials and state police for help. The operators also ask about the welfare of the children.

A gunman shot his way into the school on the morning of Dec. 14 and gunned down 20 children and six educators with a semi-automatic rifle. He committed suicide as police arrived.

The calls to Newtown police were posted Wednesday on a town website. A court ordered the release of the tapes last week, despite the objections of prosecutors, after a legal challenge by The Associated Press.

CNYCentral has decided not to air the audio tapes. What, if anything, do you think the community gains from the relese of the 911 tapes?

Mary Sherlach, who had ties to Central New York, was killed in the massacre. She was a school psychologist at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Sherlach graduated from Vestal High School, near Binghamton, in the Southern Tier.

She earned a Bachelor's Degree from SUNY Cortland, where she met her husband, Bill. They owned a home on Owasco Lake in Auburn. Sherlach was getting ready to retire.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this article.