Rumor: A professor suggests Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy was a hoax

A professor at Florida Atlantic University has suggested that the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre was a hoax.

CONFIRMED: The professor’s conspiracy theory

James Tracy, a communications professor at FAU, alleged in his blog (read his entry here) and in interviews that “crisis actors” likely were employed by the Obama administration to influence the gun-control debate and that the shooting never took place, Newsmax.com reported. Tracy, who has cooked up conspiracy theories surrounding the John F. Kennedy assassination, Oklahoma City bombing, Aurora theater shooting and 9/11, said uneven media coverage also is a basis for his Sandy Hook theories.

“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,” Tracy wrote.

In an interview Monday with WPTV in West Palm Beach, Fla., Tracy said he isn’t convinced a lone gunman, Adam Lanza, 20, is responsible for the massacre of 26 people. When questioned about his theories, Tracy told CBS12: “The whole country mourned about Sandy Hook, but yet again the investigation that journalistic institutions should have carried out never took place, in my opinion.” (Click here for more accounts of Tracy’s conspiracy theory.)

Public outcry

Newtown first selectwoman E. Patricia Lladro said Tracy is “an embarrassment to me as an educator” and should not be drawing a paycheck, Fox News reported.

“I can assure you, sadly, that the events here in Newtown unfolded exactly as are being reported, with the horrible outcome of the violent death of 26 innocent people, including 20 children,” she said.

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