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Florida university fires professor who said Sandy Hook shooting a hoax

January 6, 2016 at 11:50 am 23 News

BOCA RATON, Fla. (UPI) — Florida Atlantic University fired a professor who said the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that left 26 dead was a hoax and publicly argued with a victim’s parents.

James Tracy, a tenured associate professor of communications at the school in South Florida, was fired for insubordination and circumvention of FAU policies. University officials said Tracy failed for three years to submit a required “Report of Outside Employment or Professional Activity Form.” When he did submit one in mid-December, he did not list his personal blog, Memory Hole, and other associated blogs.

Tracy will be allowed to work until Friday. He was scheduled to teach three classes this semester and those classes have been assigned to other professors. Tracy was notified of his discipline Dec. 16.

“You publicly engage in external personal activity that requires your time and effort,” school officials said. “It is for the administration to decide, with your input, if a conflict exists, and how to manage a conflict where necessary. You have repeatedly and willfully failed to provide the administration the information it needs to discharge its responsibilities.”

Tracy, who has worked at FAU since 2002, said the federal government staged the December 2012 mass shooting in Sandy Hook, Conn., that left 20 children and six adults dead. He received national attention when Lenny and Veronique Pozner, whose son, Noah, died at Sandy Hook, told him to stop using their son’s image. Tracy demanded the couple prove their son ever lived.

Tracy repeatedly wrote blog posts that included conspiracy theories about other national tragedies including the Boston Marathon bombings and the San Bernardino, Calif., attacks.


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  1. leblazich January 6, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    The Sandy Hook hoax was produced by our government five years after the school was closed. The Sandy Hook hoax was another attempt by this administration to cause people to support gun confiscation. The Fast & Furious scam was also created as an excuse to disarm us but that didn’t work very well. Wolfgang Habig has been on the Caravan to Midnight web site many times beginning on 12/10/14 proving many times that the entire production was flawed with hundreds of obvious lies. Wolfgang has gone through a great deal of harassment from government officials at all levels who obviously have much to gain (probably financially) by not allowing the truth to be told about this gigantic lie. The goal of this administration to disarm us has been underway for many years and over the next twelve months it will probably accelerate with more executive orders and more government produced hoaxes.

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    • austinniceguy627 January 6, 2016 at 1:58 pm


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    • flyfisher111 January 6, 2016 at 7:05 pm

      The Sandy Hook school was not closed 5 years before the incident and is not closed today. My daughter-in-law attended this school and has been back there many times since the incident.

      What an idiot.

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  2. austinniceguy627 January 6, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    This guy was a moron and deserved to be fired. These are the minds that we are sending our children to to teach them!!! Why would any parent want their child exposed to such lunacy?

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  3. greyguy January 6, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    Doesn’t all this, no matter how loony, fit under academic freedom and freedom of speech. Welcome to America, Florida Atlantic, you have a tenured loon, I am guessing not the only one.

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  4. oldschool7 January 6, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    the only issue here is not the idiocy of the professor, but why equally loony and ridiculous liberal profs are still allowed to spew their garbage. This nutcase deserves to be fired, if it were my grandchildren he was claiming did not exist, it would be him who ceased to exist. Still, his rant is no more hateful than that of some others in colleges and universities all over the country and I am still waiting for one of the anti-american profs to be fired.

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  5. marines January 6, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    What is really whacked is that I have heard this from people who outwardly SEEM to be sane and intellectually grounded. They also suggest that some of the other attacks were similarly government hoaxes. After seeing how this government usually acts I don’t think they have it in them to do anything that would be this intricate. Fifty two people playing parents? A teacher’s emotionally disturbed son as the trigger? The mother also gets killed by the son. This would take a lot of actors who could keep their mouths shut. Our federal government just isn’t this capable, yet. Obama still has people believe that all he wants to do is keep guns from getting into the hands of emotionally disturbed people. Of course, he gets to determine who is incapable of owning a weapon. Incrementalism at its worst. I don’t think there are enough black helicopters to accomplish all the things some think they have accomplished.
    BTW Chem Like, the word is censor.

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    • oldschool7 January 6, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      Dead on Marines, long ago and far away I worked in some of those black helicopters, and believe me the idea that those “agencies” are capable of James Bond type subterfuge is a stretch at best. They can monitor, sneak information out of the electronic, digital world we live in with the best of them. In truth they can “tell you the temperature of your *** in that chair you’re sitting in” but covert/conspiracies is not their forte’, just look at history for evidence of that one.

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    • Badger January 6, 2016 at 7:01 pm

      I have a friend who was saying some of the same things a couple weeks ago, said there were calls from inside that school at the time from people who thought this was a drill … like we used to do in the 60’s … like climb under the desk …I too find it hard to believe something of this nature could be pulled off by our inept government but sometimes even I wonder … when they first put the shooters picture up I could swear I was watching an episode of Criminal minds as I’m sure I saw a picture of an unsub that looked just like him a couple years back on that show … If the people involved didn’t really exist who knows what others might say and swear to for a dime … I guess the saddest part of this is that we could even be having a discussion like this in what was once a truly great nation … how could we have come to this in just 52 short years …

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    mystic January 6, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    What is one to think of such stories in this wild and twisted time we live within? Do we simply chuck it off to yet another conspiracy nut gone wild who happens to be a university professor? Do we become uselessly enraged at how little deference is given to families and those who have suffered unimaginable loss? Do we simply ignore it and hope these folks crawl back under a rock from whence they most certainly came? Truly. What is one to do or make of this or stories like this? It’s futile in any realm other then the forum of blogging, to which we apply ourselves and understanding of the world around us.

    I will say this; if we ignore stories like this, we’ve become part of the prevalent problem. If we feed into a story like this, we hype it up and make it part of the 24/7 msm news cycle. (no thank you) If we blog our disgust, our deep seeded understanding of just how twisted this type of thinking is, perhaps, just perhaps, we regain some semblance of the humanity we once upheld as good and righteous and morally superior? Striving to be better, smarter and gentile in our dealings with our fellow man.

    I’m all for free speech. I’ll scream at the top of my lungs to ensure the right for all who dwell within this great nation. That doesn’t mean however that I agree with all speech nor genuflect to speech that leans towards the use of mind altering drugs use. (hubby threw that one in… gotta give credit where it’s due yes? lol)


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    • marines January 6, 2016 at 4:18 pm

      Mystically speaking, we have no idea what to believe. There really is nothing on the side of the professor other than “sometimes strange things happen.” BUT, the preponderance of probable fact lies in favor of the a kid on mind altering drugs found a way to get into the gun safe in his house, and due to the fact that the mother had taught the little darling how to use the weapon, went on a killing spree at a local grade school. Aw, ****! That even sounds improbable.

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      mystic January 6, 2016 at 5:56 pm

      Well posted Marine. *blush* Posted much more succinctly then I was capable of at the time. The problem has been remedied by my own personal drug of choice; coffee! lol

      As for the facts of Sandy Hook and horrific events of that day along with the deranged mental case that was coddled by his mother; I’ve absolutely no qualms with the facts as they were reported.

      Conspiracy theorist have become the boil on the bum of humanity. It is apparent that facts, science and truth have no baring on their constant ramblings. To give them any credence gives me the willies. However to disallow the ability to freely speak, taking away the first amendment right of these ‘folks’ is the only peg I’m left to hang onto. Why it’s reported as a story at all has me scratching my head, other then to prove out our educational higher learning institutions have been taken over by mental rejects and or diseased. Perhaps a story on a clearing house of these types of professors from our higher learning institutions would be a better use of space?

      As for my moniker/name. *sigh* Our daughters made up our first email when the internet and home computers first hit. They’ve always called my husband and I ‘beauty and the beast’. As that name was already taken, the ‘mystic’ part was devised and thus, the email I’ve had since emails inception has stuck. I’ve held onto it out of an emotional attachment I suppose. Blogging or posting on my favorite sites makes it easier when I use this moniker/name so those who know me understand whom they are talking to. Simple? Yeah. More like laziness on my part.


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  7. Lunelle Siegel McCallister January 6, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    This sounds like wrongful termination to me…at a Florida taxpayer, I’m going to be irate if the State ends up paying him a big settlement when the school’s administrators get their head handed to them. Unless he’s generating revenue from the blog, it is none of their business what he does on his own time so long as it is illegal….unless they consider him slave labor.

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      ltuser January 7, 2016 at 7:42 pm

      Mcallister, i have known people fired or not hired cause they were say drinking Pepsi while OFF WORK, but working for Coke. Or for being seen on Facebook for having a mass drinking party while on spring break.. How is that any less of a ‘wrongful termination’? BUT the courts have ruled in several of those cases that business are well within their rights to do so..

      Ergo this teacher claiming that this massacre didn’t happen, when he is in a position to influence his students SHOULD get canned.

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  8. marines January 6, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Lunelle, welcome to the brave new world of self appointed political correctness mafiosos. I am surprised that they didn’t try to have him put to death.

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  9. baitfish January 6, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    The guy is a nut case, but so are a large percentage of professors in State run schools. If you work in a State run school, and want to express your opinion, make sure it is a liberal opinion.

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  10. rooster January 6, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    I don’t know if Sandy Hook was a hoax. It could have been for the reasons some have given here, but I don’t think the professor’s comments about Sandy Hook were the reason he was fired. If that was the reason, then the university has abandoned the 1st Amendment. However, I have reports that I must submit each semester to my department supervisor. Should I fail to do so, I wouldn’t survive a year.

    “University officials said Tracy failed for three years to submit a required ‘Report of Outside Employment or Professional Activity Form.’”

    I think the writer of this article has led us to believe that his Sandy Hook comments were the reason for his firing when it appears after reading the whole article a couple of times that he was fired because he’s just a flake who ignored the basic responsibilities of a tenured associate professor.

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  11. Darkangel January 7, 2016 at 12:58 am

    Flyfisher111 you are stupid and or a lying fool! You said
    Your daughter in law visited the sandy hook school three times recently? That would be pretty hard to do since the school was demolished!!!

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