BOCA RATON, Fla. – A Florida Atlantic University professor is in the process of getting fired after allegedly harassing the family of a child who died in the Sandy Hook massacre by claiming he never existed.
James Tracy, Associate Professor at the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies, has brought negative attention to the University since 2013. He wrote on his private blog, Memory Hole, that the Sandy Hook massacre was staged.
FAU reprimanded him, but only because he didn’t make it clear that his conspiracy theory was separate from that of the University’s, according to the Sun Sentinel. He has since continued to claim that mass shootings such as those in Paris and San Bernardino were also faked on his blog.
Last Thursday, parents of a child killed in the Sandy Hook massacre decided to speak out in an editorial on the Sun Sentinel.
Veronique and Lenny Pozner, whose son, Noah, died at Sandy Hook said Tracy was harassing them, demanding evidence that Noah lived and that Veronique and Lenny were his parents.
The Pozners say that when they didn’t respond, Tracy “subjected us to ridicule and contempt … 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.’”
Tracy even went so far as to claim the parents made of well financially from the tragedy, “soliciting contributions from generous yet misinformed Americans, where the families have averaged more than $1 million apiece.” He also said that Noah’s death certificate was “revealed as a fabrication.”
The Pozners told the Sentinel he “personally sought to cause our family pain and anguish by publicly demonizing our attempts to keep cherished photos of our slain son from falling into the hands of conspiracy theorists.”
On Wednesday, FAU recommended Tracy for termination. He has 10 days to file an appeal, and then a final action will be taken. The University did not comment further on their motives for Tracy’s termination.
The Pozners said they “are relieved that truth and honor prevailed.”