January 9, 2013
A professor is causing befuddlement and outrage with recent claims that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., did not occur.
The Daily Mail reported that James Tracy, a tenured history professor at Florida Atlantic University, wrote this in a lengthy post on his personal blog.
Tracy explores what he says is the possibility that the Newtown shooting may not have happened the way that it is widely believed, if it happened at all.
The 47-year-old professor bases his claims largely on the flurry of conflicting media reports that were made as news of the shooting was released.
The Daily Mail also reported that the school has distanced itself from the professor.
"While it sounds outrageous, one is left to inquire whether the Sandy Hook shooting ever took place, at least in the way law enforcement authorities and the news media have described," he says.
On his blog, he hits a number of other conspiracy theories: September 11, the purview of the Department of Homeland Security, the PATRIOT Act, the death of Osama bin Laden and Fukishima.
In his latest shocking claim, he focuses much of his attention on the fact that early reports claimed that police were either searching for or had two suspects in custody.
The story then progressed that Ryan Lanza was the lone gunman, based reportedly on the identification that the shooter had on him at the time of the attack.
Ryan, 24, was then found at his home in Hoboken, N.J. - two states away from where his 20-year-old brother Adam, the actual shooter, committed the atrocities.
Police say Adam Lanza opened fire inside the Connecticut elementary school, killing 20 children and six adults. Police say Lanza then killed himself.
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