FLORIDA — Florida Atlantic University is in the process of terminating a professor who allegedly harassed the family of a student who died in the Sandy Hook massacre.
A 20-year-old gunman’s shooting rampage left 20 children and six educators dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., back in 2012.
The Sun Sentinel reports that associate professor James Tracy first became well-known back in 2013 when he wrote a blog entry alleging that the massacre was staged. He was reprimanded by the university at the time.
Then last week Veronique and Lenny Pozner, whose son Noah, 6, was killed in the shootings, wrote an editorial in the Sun Sentinel, saying Tracy has been harassing them.
“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,” they said in the editorial.
The couple said Tracy sent them a certified letter demanding proof that Noah once lived, that they were his parents and they owned a photo of him. They said they filed a police report for harassment.
“Once Tracy realized we would not respond,” they continued in the editorial, “he subjected us to ridicule and contempt on his blog, 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 reportedly wrote a response on a Sandy Hook Hoax Facebook page that:
“The local conspirators in Newtown, such as the alleged parents of the murdered children, including Lenny and Veronique Pozner, have made out very well financially, soliciting contributions from generous yet misinformed Americans, where the families have averaged more than $1 million apiece.”
The Sun Sentinel reported that the university gave Tracy a letter Wednesday saying he was recommended for termination.
The Pozners issued the following statement to the Sun Sentinel regarding the letter: “Veronique and I are relieved that truth and honor prevailed.”