Sandy Hook Truthers, conspiracy theorists who believe that the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School was a hoax by the government in order to confiscate guns, are some of the most vile people one could imagine because they like to inflict pain.
A Florida professor was fired for harassing the parents of a 6-year-old victim of the shooting, but things haven’t gotten better for the parents.
The little boy’s father, Lenny Pozner, has received several death threats since James Tracy was fired. The harassment has been outrageous, which includes comments on social media, such as, “Eventually you’ll be tried for your crimes of treason against the people,” “… I won’t be satisfied until the caskets are opened…” and “How much money did you get for faking all of this?”
The Washington Post reports:
A few days after Tracy’s firing was announced, Pozner got several death threats. A woman (judging by the voice) left messages on his phone that sounded like, “You’re gonna die you [expletives and slurs deleted] …And what are you going to do about it? You can do absolutely nothing. … this is coming to you real soon [expletive deleted]. You going to die,” and “You [expletive deleted] look behind you, justice is coming to you real soon.”
Pozner said he has also received emails containing similar threats. “I am concerned for my safety,” he said. “I try to remain vigilant at all times.”
The professor, James Tracy said in an email that he moved things out of his office at Florida Atlantic on Jan. 8 and is hiring another attorney.
“Unfortunately, most news media have failed to present a fair and accurate account of the controversy that has led to the termination of my tenured professorship at FAU,” he wrote.
A post apparently written by Tracy on the “Hoax at Sandy Hook” Facebook page held that no one was killed at the elementary school that day, that the shooting was staged, that co-conspirators got money after acting as grieving parents, and that the Pozners were trying to intimidate the university into firing him for his research seeking the truth.
Tracy wrote in an email to the Washington Post Tuesday, “The event is important because it has terrorized the nation, and is closely related to the Obama administration’s gun control efforts, in addition to new government programs expanding the psychiatric-pharmaceutical complex clientele, particularly among school-age children.”
The unhinged professor demanded proof that Veronique and Lenny Pozner’s son was ever really alive and after the parents ignored his demand, he subjected them to ridicule on his blog.
Tracy also wrote, “Are you aware of Mr. Pozner’s concerted efforts to harass individuals who publicly question the Sandy Hook event? There is copious documentation of this, yet some fear retaliation and have stayed silent.”
Tracy is blaming the victim as well as the grieving parents for something they had no control over when a gunman shot 154 rounds in 5 minutes, killing 20 children and 6 adult staff members.
Pozner wrote in an email that it has been extremely difficult to deal with all of this, as a “father trying to balance grief with the necessity of raising two daughters while honoring the memory of my murdered son. … Each day we endeavor to fill the void that Noah’s absence left. As a father I struggle to find peace for my family but to no avail.
Pozner added that since Tracy, “a conspiracy theorist who has spearheaded a libelous campaign against my family,” was fired, it had not stopped the harassment. “In fact, it’s aggravated the assaults. Loyalists to Tracy have sent hateful emails promising revenge, sometimes describing the gruesome violence they intend to execute upon my family.”
“It’s been three years since my son’s life was snuffed out by an act of senseless violence and I’m left in a fog of disbelief. Disbelief that a deranged madman could be so callous to kill our children, but perhaps even more baffled that there are those who would deny us the peace we so desperately need to overcome our insurmountable loss. Right now I’m just…I’m just numb!,” he wrote.
This sort of harassment goes beyond simply a conspiracy theorist’s mindset. It’s taking it to the next level.
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H/T: FON’s own @TheCitizeNY, with thanks.