Amid myriad emotional fluctuations stemming from the December 14, 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre which ended the lives of 26 individuals, 20 of whom were children, a university professor in Florida decries the school shooting as a planned event, a hoax of sorts, even suggesting that the entire event never actually occurred. A mirage?
James Tracy, a professor at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL, is widely-known for conspiracy theories and, as such, asserts a multi-faceted perspective regarding the actual occurrence of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Incredulously, the professor is of the belief that, due to many questionable issues and "suspicious circumstances" surrounding the reporting of this incident, it was an entirely-staged event involving "crisis actors" and comprehensively complicitly organized...ahem, disorganized, if you believe the professor's mindset and perspective. An absolute fake. Yep, quite a production...one in which he feels is a total facade, specifically orchestrated to influence the American public (start thinking gun control). Can't imagine the price tag for such a "staged event", to merely make a public policy point. Interesting.
Of several posts recorded by the professor, he stated: "While it sounds like an outrageous claim, one is left to inquire whether the Sandy Hook shooting ever took place -- at least in the way law enforcement authorities and the nation's news media have described."
Up to and including President Obama's tear-filled podium address of the incident, in the wake of the Newtown school massacre, the professor asserts that President Obama's tears were staged and ill-dramatized for an audience being fooled about real events. This includes you, my dear reader.
The professor purports that the nearby resident proximate to the school, Gene Rosen, is a figure who merely represents a fake chapter in the grand fraud, in his discovery and harboring of six school children found in his driveway. The professor argues that Mr. Rosen is a poorly-equipped melodramatic actor, a liar, and is a complicit individual ("crisis actor") in the grand scheme of things. Stemming from such widely-publicized reports, some minds have grasped at the straws and opted to buy in to such fodder. Mr. Rosen has reportedly received constant harassment in the form of various communications, receiving personal and property threats, pranks, and ridicule, especially in emails asserting his facaded nature regarding his actions pertaining to his provision of refuge for six school children.
Moreover, the professor stipulates that all the emergency- and other-related response vehicles were poorly staged (parked in a jumble) thus promoting credence to his conspiracy theory. In particular, the professor believes the orchestration of how vehicles were haphazardly astrewn around and upon school grounds is indicative of a fraudulent event, specifying how emergency personnel ordinarily park their vehicles upon crime scenes. Given the magnitude of the Sandy Hook massacre and validation provided by the first respondent police officer(s) declaring the reality of what was unfolding, it is hardly inconceivable to realize the hastiness to get as close as possible and run the remainder of the course to the gravity at-hand. Yes, law enforcement is trained to allow relatively clear pathways for subsequent mobility (reinforcement police personnel, crime scene units, ambulances, fire apparatus, etc.) to encroach upon scenes, however, that is not always a foolproof plan and thus becomes human nature to get there as quickly as possible, park respective emergency vehicles plausibly, and bodily join the immediate scene activity.
The many television broadcasts clearly depicted a direct convoy of ambulances to a few bay doors on one side of the school, accompanied by several police vehicles, so medical and law enforcement access points were not impeded. Furthermore, TV footage illustrated an awaiting processional of ambulances in accordance and sequentially readied to assume whatever level of victimization was to be produced from the school premises, triage, and transport to the nearest hospital All per protocol and universal routine as it relates to first responders' operational procedures. Each emergency response vehicle got in...and got out.
Inexplicably, the professor further exacerbated the painful period for those parents who lost a child in the school shooting by equivocating that each set of mournful parents were somehow complicit and likely were "crisis actors" themselves. Although the thought of even dignifying this belief with a response is most trying indeed, to ignore completely the outrageousness of this point bears equal irresponsibility; so, a plethora of prayers go out to the professor.
Incredibly grandiose assumptions certainly besmirch the sanctity of those family members who have, in fact, lost loved ones in this horrific incident. Unfathomably, the professor opts to poke at the reality with definitive statements by waging ridiculous assertions with respect to a totally fraudulent event we now know as the Sandy Hook school massacre. Incredible position to take for a communications university professor. Yes, the Constitutional Right to Free Speech is accorded, however, where does personal responsibility and common decency come in?
To the extent that this Florida Atlantic University professor found it applicable, he asserted that the tears rivuleting down President Obama's face, during press conferences regarding this massacre, were fake, acted out, and a poorly-rehearsed Hollywood moment. The professor asserts that the Obama Administration orchestrated the entire melee at Sandy Hook, with the inclusion of such tragic loss-of-life, including children, to capture national attention and further his objective; gun control.
The mere suggestion borders on delusional behavior, ahem...since we are discussing theories here.
Among responses prompted from the professor, he intimated: "As documents relating to the Sandy Hook shooting continue to be assessed and interpreted by independent researchers, there is a growing awareness that the media coverage of the massacre of 26 children and adults was intended primarily for public consumption to further larger political ends."
"James Tracy does not speak for the university. The website on which his post appeared is not affiliated with FAU in any way," according to a Florida Atlantic University spokesperson.
The professor maintains that he believes the incident at Sandy Hook Elementary may have resulted from a training exercise. "Was this to a certain degree constructed?" he inquired. "Was this a drill?"
For his self-validation and personal acclaim, the professor philosophizes: "I describe myself as a scholar and public intellectual," he said, "interested in going more deeply into controversial public events. Although some may see [my theories] as beyond the pale, I am doing what we should be doing as academics."
Also in the professors crosshairs are the following historical and tragic events: The Kennedy assassination, the Oklahoma City bombing, the 9-11 terror attacks and the Aurora, Colo., theater murders, for all of which he harbors doubts regarding official versions.
However reprehensible the professors theories may be, as it relates to his tenure at FAU and the prospect of FAU administration reeling him in from his seemingly outlandish propositions, it is reportedly considered only when his body of classroom students record complaints against him and his theories, citing offense and disgust for the class material.
Furthermore, officials with the Philadelphia-based Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, claim the professor is Constitutionally supported as to his Rights of Free Speech, especially when teaching a course on conspiracy theory.
Additionally, the Department of Academic Freedom at the Association of University Professors delineates the following (from its website) as it relates to freedom of speech in academic settings: Academic freedom is the indispensable quality of institutions of higher education. As the AAUP's core policy statement argues, "institutions of higher education are conducted for the common good and not to further the interest of either the individual teacher or the institution as a whole. The common good depends upon the free search for truth and its free exposition" (1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure).
No matter the academically-protected freedoms, common sense and decency should prevail. What was the expectation from the professor by sordidly unleashing such baseless proclamations? What is the turning point up to which one realizes certain impropriety, and haphazard positions, to only then cast a decision, no matter the ramifications and consequences: The point of no return.
Yes, many have called for the professor's termination from academic roles within the teaching faculty at Florida Atlantic University. As of this writing, that response remains to be largely addressed, except that a FAU spokesperson declared the university's distance from the professor's conspiracy theories.
However you emote regarding the assertions and proposals made by this particular professor, sustenance of sorts is derived from the fact that 20 children are deceased, six others join them from this same event, the sole-operator who opened fire took his life, and innumerable individuals are hurting from the affliction stemming from this horrible incident...which did occur on 14 December 2012, in Newtown, CT.
May those who have difficulty wrapping their heads around this grossly-real incident find solace somehow. May those who sadly perished...rest in peace.
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