BOCA RATON, Fla. — A Florida college has officially fired a professor who claimed the massacre of children at a Connecticut elementary school was staged and who allegedly harassed a victim’s family by saying their slain 6-year-old never existed.
Florida Atlantic University said in a release that School of Communication and Multimedia Studies professor James Tracy was served a notice of termination Tuesday. The school sent Tracy a notice of proposed discipline last month, with 10 days to respond. School officials didn’t say whether he responded.
Although the school gave no reason for the action, the parents of one student killed at Sandy Hook recently claimed in a Florida newspaper opinion piece that Tracy was taunting them.
Tracy was reprimanded in 2013 for writing in his blog that the Sandy Hook killing was staged, and he has questioned accounts of other mass slayings.
An email seeking comment from Tracy wasn’t immediately answered Tuesday.
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.”