A conspiracy theory peddling professor at Florida Atlantic University has been given notice by the college that he is in line to be fired in coming days after years of controversial statements according to the Sun Sentinel.
The professor, James Tracy is a leading denier of the Sandy Hook shooting and has claimed that the shooting and every other mass shooting in recent years were staged by governmental agencies.
Adam Lanza, a disturbed 20-year-old man shot and killed 26 people- including 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Tracy is a professor of media history and analysis and has been one of the most vocal deniers that Sandy Hook happened. He disseminates these controversial views on his website called Memory Hole and via a Facebook page called Sandy Hook Hoax.
In a recent blog post, Tracy explained how he came to think that Sandy Hook was faked.
“After several days of reflection, however, my instincts as a media analyst took charge,” Tracy wrote in a post. “In reviewing news coverage of the Sandy Hook School massacre I began to recognize very unusual features in the alleged forensics, the emergency response and the overall way the event was being reported.
“Commonplace emergency protocols were abandoned. There was no surge of EMTs into the building, no proper triage protocol employed or Med-Evac helicopters called. Parents were not even allowed to view and hold the bodies of their deceased children, and law enforcement oddly admonished those who questioned the official narrative online were subject to criminal prosecution.”
Tracy’s views have not been taken seriously by nearly anyone else in academia or media.
Last week, the Sun Sentinel published an opinion piece by Veronique and Lenny Pozner, the parents of a child who was killed in the Sandy Hook shooting.
In the piece, the parents bashed Tracy for asking them to prove that their son actually existed and that they were his parents.
“Tracy is among those who have 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,” Veronique and Lenny Pozner wrote.
FAU made the following statement to the media:
December 16, 2015
Today, James Tracy, an associate professor in the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies, was served a Notice of Proposed Discipline — Termination by the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at Florida Atlantic University.
In accordance with the University’s Collective Bargaining Agreement with the United Faculty of Florida union, by which the University and James Tracy are bound, faculty who receive such notice are afforded a grievance process. James Tracy has 10 days to respond to the notice after which final action may be taken.
In accordance with university practice regarding personnel issues, the university will make no further comment for the time being.
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