Not sure what it is in people that makes them pursue the most far-fetched of conspiracy theories (I still meet the occasional person who believed Paul McCartney was dead), but this guy caused serious emotional pain to the family of one of the victims. I'm glad he was fired:
James Tracy, a professor who wrote that the mass killing of children at Sandy Hook Elementary School was an elaborate, staged hoax designed to pass gun-control legislation, has been fired from his job at Florida Atlantic University.
University officials began the termination process last month, after parents Lenny and Veronique Pozner wrote an opinion piece in the Sun-Sentinel: “It’s been three years since we last embraced our precious little boy, Noah. At six-years-old, he was the youngest child murdered at the Sandy Hook Elementary School….
“… to our horror, we have found that there are some in this society who lack empathy for the suffering of others. Among them are the conspiracy theorists that deny our tragedy was real. They seek us out and accuse us of being government agents who are faking our grief and lying about our loss.”
They accused Tracy of badgering them for proof that the murders really happened.
“Tracy even sent us a certified letter demanding proof that Noah once lived, that we were his parents, and that we were the rightful owner of his photographic image,” they wrote. “We found this so outrageous and unsettling that we filed a police report for harassment. Once Tracy realized we would not respond, he subjected us to ridicule and contempt on his blog, boasting to his readers that the ‘unfulfilled request’ was ‘noteworthy’ because we had used copyright claims to ‘thwart continued research of the Sandy Hook massacre event.’”
The letter, which called on the university to fire Tracy, sparked an outpouring of horror and outrage from people sympathetic to the families of victims.