New pages from Nashville shooter Audrey Hale include political rant on trans rights, guns: report

Hale killed three nine-year-old students at a school in Nashville, Tennessee in March of 2023, and three teachers. But one page indicated Hale could have gone and killed students earlier, on February 17, but the school was allegedly closed.

Published: June 5, 2024 6:52pm

Updated: June 5, 2024 8:05pm

Dozens of new handwritten notebook pages from Covenant School shooting killer Audrey Hale, obtained by the Tennessee Star from "a source familiar with the Covenant investigation," revealed the shooter's stance towards anti-transgender and nonbinary policies just one month before the fatal shooting.

Hale, who was born female but identified as a transgender man, signed entries in the notebook under the name "Aiden." Hale died the day of the shooting when police came on the scene, after Hale killed six people in March of 2023, including three nine-year-old children.

“So now in America, it makes one a criminal to have a gun or, be transgender, or non-binary,” Hale wrote, according to the Tennessee Star. “God I hate those s***head politicians.”

Hale also warned about rights for disabled people, and claimed the United States was becoming more like the United Kingdom by curtailing the Second Amendment.

"So now [because] of you, I wish death on myself cause of the pure hatred of my female gender,” Hale wrote. “With no rights, anyone’s country is a s***** dictatorship.”

The nearly four dozen pages of notes that were reviewed by the Star also commented on the need for a "Trans doctor," just two weeks before the shooting. Other documents related to Hale have indicated the shooter was being seen by a psychiatrist and a therapist at the time of the attack. 

“I need a trans doctor, this female gender role makes me want to not exist -,” Hale wrote. The shooter then scratched out a word that became illegible, before writing, “no, to be completely gone in physical form… off the face of the earth.”

A retired Nashville-area police officer also claimed that a psychiatrist treating Hale had referred Hale to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center psychiatric department before the killings. The referral was because Hale allegedly had fantasies about violence.

Hale killed three students at a Christian school in Nashville, Tennessee, on March 27, 2023, and three teachers. But one page appeared to indicate that Hale could have gone and killed students earlier, on February 17, but the school was allegedly closed.

“Covenant was closed yesterday.” Hale wrote in an entry. “I guess it was [because] of the weather.”

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