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On Dec. 14, 2012, officials stand outside of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. (Julio Cortez/AP)
On Dec. 14, 2012, officials stand outside of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. (Julio Cortez/AP)

Seven recordings from 911 calls made from inside Sandy Hook Elementary during the school shooting last year were released this afternoon.

On Dec. 14, 2012, Adam Lanza opened fire inside the school killing 20 first-graders and six educators before committing suicide.

Prosecutors and the families of the Sandy Hook victims did not want the tapes to be released to the public. Prosecutors had argued that the tapes could be painful for the victims' families, hurt the investigation and subject the witnesses to harassment.

A state judge dismissed those arguments last week and ordered the tapes be released Wednesday unless the state appealed. Danbury State's Attorney Stephen J. Sedensky III decided to end his appeal on Monday.

The Associated Press and other news organizations are still pursuing the release of 911 calls made from cell phone.

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Colin McEnroe, host of "The Colin McEnroe Show" WNPR and a columnist for The Hartford Courant.

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You can find a copy of the final report on the Newtown shootings here.

This segment aired on December 4, 2013.

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