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Clues to trans woman’s attack on a Christian college in Nashville

By Rebeca Crespo*

Audrey Hale shot three children and three adults to death last Monday at the Covenant School Christian elementary school in Nashville, Tennessee (US).

The 28-year-old woman, who had been identifying herself as a man and calling herself Aiden for several months, was a former student at the school, was receiving psychological treatment, and, as sources close to the family confirmed to local media, suffered from autism, a common disorder in people with gender dysphoria.

After 9 am, Hale drove her car to her former school, The Covenant School, a private Presbyterian Christian school.

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Armed with two assault rifles and a handgun, she entered the school, climbed to the second floor, and fired indiscriminately.

She killed nine-year-old students Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs, William Kinney, school principal Katherine Koonce, 60, teacher Cynthia Peak, 61, and school janitor Mike Hill, 61.

The killer was shot and killed by police fourteen minutes after the shooting began.

Audrey had perfectly planned her attack on the Christian school.

In her home, drawn maps of the school were found, showing the entry and surveillance points and a manifesto dated the same day of the shooting, which the police are still analyzing.

This was confirmed by the chief of the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department (NMPD), John Drake, at a conference after the attack in which he revealed that the killer identified herself as a “transgender person”.

“We have a manifesto, a map drawn of how this was going to take place, there is a theory that we are investigating, but it is not yet confirmed. It was a planned attack,” he told the media.

Drake added that Hale’s “transgender identity” played a role in the attack but did not elaborate on his motivation.

He said that Hale had mentioned in those writings found at his home another location that he ultimately decided not to attack because of its high-security measures.

However, police do not intend to release the manifesto to the public anytime soon, as an NPDM spokesman confirmed Tuesday to a local Nashville media outlet.

In response, Tennessee Republican Rep. Tim Burchett has called for the document’s release, while LGBT groups have opposed it.

“It shouldn’t be released,” Jordan Budd, executive director of Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere, told Newsweek.

“The focus should be on how this could have happened in the first place. There shouldn’t be such easy access to lethal weaponry,” he added.

For his part, Charles Moran, the national chairman of Log Cabin Republicans, a Republican organization that advocates for equal rights for LGBTQ+ Americans, also told Newsweek that there could be “serious consequences” for the public release of the manifesto.

Christian elementary, Clues to trans woman’s attack on a Christian college in Nashville
Audrey Hale’s Linkedin, in which she uses the masculine pronouns He/Him (Photo internet reproduction)

The theory of the planned attack confirmed by police has also been backed up by a classmate of Hale’s to whom he texted minutes before entering the school.

“I plan to die today…You’ll probably see me on the news,” he wrote to fellow basketball player Averianna Patton at 9:57 am.

“I plan to die today…You’ll probably see me on the news,” he texted fellow basketball player Averianna Patton at 9:57 am.

At 10:11 am, he shot through the center’s glass door.

Christian elementary, Clues to trans woman’s attack on a Christian college in Nashville
Texts shared by Patton on NewsChannel5 (Photo internet reproduction)


Just hours after the attack, several transgender activist groups blamed the religious and conservative community for what happened.

“Hate has consequences,” asserts Trans Resistance Network (TRN).

The group has issued a statement criticizing the media for not using the “correct pronouns” to refer to the perpetrator of the crime and speaking of “two tragedies.”

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The murder of the three nine-year-old boys and the three school staff members, and the death of the killer Hale.

“The second and more complex tragedy is that of Aiden or Audrey Hale, who felt she had no other way to make herself seen than to lash out at the lives of others and, consequently, at her own,” the TRN text continues.

The transgender group asserts that they “do not know” Hale’s thoughts or feelings but “do know that the lives of transgender people are very difficult, and made even more difficult in the months leading up to (the attack) by a virtual avalanche of anti-trans legislation and public calls from right-wing personalities and political figures for nothing less than the genocidal eradication of trans people from society.”


In addition to TRN, other trans activists have blamed Tennessee’s new legislation banning sex changes for minors for what happened in Nashville.

Tennessee is one of the states that, along with Mississippi, has recently banned sex changes for minors.

Under the new law enacted by the state’s Republican governor, Bill Lee, doctors are prohibited from facilitating a sex change for anyone under 18, including prescribing puberty blockers and hormone replacement.

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However, the legislation provides exceptions: physicians will be allowed to perform these services if the patient’s care begins before July 1, 2023, when the law goes into effect.

Lee has also passed a restriction on drag shows on public streets to prevent them from being witnessed by minors and imposes fines on those who do not comply with the new regulations, making it the first state to restrict such shows.

The argument that Hale attacked the school as a result of the “anti-trans” laws that have been passed in Tennessee has been spread by several users on social networks, and some media have taken the opportunity to victimize the group.

NBC has echoed the “fear” felt by the trans community after the “gender identity” of the murderer was published.

A detail that, according to the media above, “has added fuel to an already combustible environment that has led many trans people to fear for their safety.”

“I wondered if the parents of the Nashville shooting victims would still have their children if Tennessee’s anti-trans law had never existed.”

“I’m not a mother, but I would be very angry at the government if I were,” one woman said in a video shared on TikTok.

Audrey Hale at the time of the attack (Photo internet reproduction)
Audrey Hale at the time of the attack (Photo internet reproduction)

The reaction has also come from artists such as Madonna, who announced a concert in Nashville on the same day as the shooting to raise funds for trans rights organizations.


On the other side, some US journalists have reacted to the news by claiming that there is a common denominator in recent attacks committed in the US by trans people or those who identify as “non-binary”.

Thus, journalist Andy Ngô has recalled four cases that trans people allegedly committed.

In a Twitter thread, he mentioned:

  • Anderson Aldrich, whom he describes as “trans-non-binary” and who killed five people in a gay nightclub in Colorado;
  • Devon Erickson, who starred with another young man in a mass shooting at a high school in Douglas,
  • and Snochia Moseley, who murdered three men in Maryland.

“There is a phenomenon of trans youth being pushed into violent radicalization (far left),” asserts Ngô, who has published research on the issue in his ‘Unmasked’ book.

*Journalist. Editor at La Gaceta de la Iberosfera. Contributor to Estado de Alarma TV, El Toro TV and Decisión Radio. Twitter: @rebecacrespo_

With information from LGI

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