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Gene Rosen, Sandy Hook Hero, Uplifted By Facebook Page [Update, Interview]

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Earlier, The Inquisitr covered the Sandy Hook “truther” movement, as well as a troubling development — Gene Rosen, the kindly Newtown resident who sheltered six children after the massacre, and subsequent harassment he had received by those who believe Sandy Hook conspiracy theories.

Vis a vis an article in Salon, we learned of the treatment of Gene Rosen in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings, and were quite unobjectively stunned — how could anyone believe so thoroughly in such bunk they’d go so far as to engage in such behavior? It was galling.

In case you missed it, Rosen found six children — Sandy Hook students who had escaped the shooting — in his driveway, before news of the event spread. Gene welcomed the kids into his home, gave them juice and snacks, comforted them and shared stuffed animals with them as they waited to be picked up. He later admitted that a fraught parent had shown up later looking for her child, one of the massacre’s 20 child victims.

[Redacted] was one of the people who read our piece on Rosen and what had happened to him after the incident, and [redacted] was about as bothered as anyone who had been moved by Rosen’s actions and stunned by the update.

[Redacted] was not necessarily in a position to reach out and thank Gene personally, so she did the next best thing — she set up a Facebook page titled “Gene Rosen is a Hero and We Support Him.”

At current count, the page has 2,819 fans, and messages of love, support and thanks from people all over the country to Rosen. [Redacted] was kind enough to tell us about the story, why she came to create the page and how Rosen has been affected by it. Here are her replies to our questions.

Can you tell us a bit about your Facebook page for Gene Rosen?

A friend of mine posted a link to your article in The Inquisitr which I read and led me also to the story in Salon. I read a few more stories and was discussing with a group of Facebook friends how it sickened me for Mr. Rosen that he was being treated this way. One of my friends said, “Someone should start a facebook page about this.” And I thought, you know what? They should. So I did.

It initially started out as a way for me to feel like I was doing something for him, albeit in a small way, but at the time, it was the only thing I knew to do. When I went to bed that night it had 45 likes I think and when I woke up that next morning it had over 500 and there were tons of messages in the inbox.

I enlisted the help of a few people to help admin the page. Keeping the naysayers and “trolls” off has been almost a full time job in itself!

The page evolved into a way for people to get messages of support, hope and love to Gene from Newton and all over the world and is over 2,800 “likes.”

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Had you heard of Rosen’s actions in Newtown the day of the shooting prior to the events that inspired the page?

I had. There is a television right around the corner of my office and I listened to/watched the story unfold and the interviews afterwards.

What was your reaction when you first heard about how Rosen had been treated in the wake of the Sandy Hook incident?

My initial reaction was shock and then just disgust. I know there are things out there that are covered up. I know the government plays a role in that. It’s not like I choose to swallow the “blue pill” instead of the red, you know?

I’m not in a state of blissful ignorance that there are things out there that need to be exposed. But this, this is NOT one of them. There was this man, who could be my grandfather, being attacked for just doing the right thing. These “truthers” think Newtown is an insane version of “The Truman Show” – it just baffles my mind.

How have people reacted — was it mostly positive? Have you gotten any or many negative comments?

The reaction has been mostly positive. Mostly people just wanting to let Gene and Newton know that they care and that they support them. We have had questions from well-meaning people asking to explain inconsistencies or what they saw in one of the videos and we direct them to one of the sites that have “debunked” the videos.

The negative comes and we delete it as soon as possible. Very early on in the page and our description we let people know that we know they are entitled to their opinion, but if it disagrees with what we’re doing, “go start your own page.”

It’s not nearly as frequent when it first when up, but they still come in. Mostly about how blind we are – hear the term sheeple a lot – also lots of words not printable in mixed company.

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Since the story was published, have you heard any updates about Mr. Rosen, and do you know if things have improved for him?

One of the most awesome things about starting this page is that I have heard from him, his friends, his family members, people whose children he cared for and their friends and relatives, and people who lost children, friends or relatives that day. They have all been so thankful for the support and while the naysayers haven’t stopped, the support they are getting makes it easier for them to deal with.

Does Gene know about the page? Has he contacted you?

He does know about the page and he and his wife visit it often. He reached out to me through one of the animal rescue groups that I contacted in Newtown. We spoke on the phone and, well, it was very affirming that I had done the right thing and that he was a very good, kind, and honorable person.

Do you think the page has inspired people in Newtown to reach out to him and thank him or offer support?

Oh, definitely! We’ve received messages of support from all over the place. And people have sent messages that he went to school with, old colleagues, old neighbors – all wanting him to know that they had his back. [Editor's note: will the reader who is cutting onions in here please stop?]

Is there anything people wishing to show gratitude can do if they are supporters of Mr. Rosen?

With the help of two of the animal rescue groups he volunteers with in Newtown, we set up an “In Honor of Gene” donation options. Kitten Associates and The Animal Center (are two places accepting donations in honor of Rosen.)

We also have a group that is helping us take down the harassing videos offline. (I did not set this up, but they asked us to ‘rally the troops’ and the response has been huge – 5 videos taken down already!)

As sad as the Sandy Hook shootings were, it’s pretty great to see that Rosen and his kindness and grief were not forgotten or overlooked on that horrible day — and we are heartened that [redacted] managed to turn around what would have been a larger trauma for Gene otherwise.

If you have not already liked it and wish to show Gene Rosen support or send a kind message, head on over to “Gene Rosen is a Hero and We Support Him,” and throw them a Like.

[Editor's note: At the interviewee's request, we've removed all identifying information from this post.]

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14 Responses to “Gene Rosen, Sandy Hook Hero, Uplifted By Facebook Page [Update, Interview]”

  1. Tom Hession

    A lot of text to say pretty much "nothing" except that now they want money for Rosen. I'll pay money to see the surveillance video of Adam Lanza entering the school.

  2. Kim LaCapria

    No one is asking for money, and that was started because people asked if they could send him things. He opted to have cats be cared for. Which is a very nice thing.

  3. Bob Hobby

    there are no HEROs in this story. only Victims and Villains. as for the Conspiracy theorist stuff.. people have to admit. the Anthrax came from a US Military Lab. it was not from Iraq. False flag terrorism..is a real thing.that gets talked about in our Government and those think tanks that influence it. we have had much death in this country.and many changes.. from Patriot Act to NDAA.. the government has everything they would need to go full blown Communist on our azzes. so when Feinstein starts talking about banning weapons and making the transfer of weapons illegal.. basicly a war of attrition on arms already assets of American households.. I think whoa wait a minute.. first reports were that adam lanza had 4 handguns.. then it was everyone was shot with the 223…which is it? are we going to fall for the same lies and reactionary politics that lead to Iraq.. and then have Hillary Clinton tell us what does it matter? I think People should just slow down, put the Emotions aside and realize History matters. it does Matter what the Facts are.

  4. Kent Davis

    Gene Rosen is a liar. Why aren't a few of the parents of the children he entertained, coming to his defense? What about the man he originally saw speaking harshly to the children on his driveway, and the female bus driver that dropped the 6 children off at his residence? Maybe they would help corroborate his story. And who were the 6 children?

  5. Daniel Snedden

    The interviews of parents of alleged murder victims 1 to 2 days after the alleged murders were all very weird. No tears, n sign of mourning but several expressed their deep desire for more gun control. Very suspicious. I may not know the truth but I know when someone is lying.

  6. Aimee White

    Grampie Gene would have the same freaking story if he just told the Truth!
    You need a good memory to lie, and Grampie Gene's been caught in lie after lie. First it was a Male Adult yelling at the kids, and the kids were telling them in his yard about their teacher getting shot. Then, it changed to a Male Adult that was there one minute, and when he turned back around the guy disappeared into thin air.

    Then, it became a FEMALE Bus DRIVER! He even stated that the Bus Driver brought them to his house! Give me a break! Then, he said that the kids didn't tell him about the shooting UNTIL he brought them into a 2nd room of his house that had his creepy stuffed animal collection. Once they were inside his house is when he said they told him about the shooting.

    The BEST LIE: "I brought them inside my house so I could call their PARENTS".

    What DumbA$$ would decide to call Parents? Wouldn't the first call that anyone would make would be 911?
    He never stated in any interview that he immediately called 911! If there were some kids that just got hit by a car, and they were in his front yard, he would drag them inside and call the kid's parents?

    He's not the ONLY LIAR! There are plenty more than Grampy Gene!

  7. Aimee White

    Hell, the video of the shot up glass doesn't jive with the police story! The glass that was shot out was the glass window that was the window for the MUSIC CLASS. You know the classroom that Lanza tried to get into, but the Music Teacher locked the door and made the kids sit in a circle and read while Lanza is allegedly screaming to them "Open the Door". As if he couldn't have just walked thru a blown out window, shoot the kids up from the Freaking Parking Lot! Lanza had bypassed the easiest freaking room to shoot up, and went to the LEFT side where the windows were not as long and the kids were smaller targets.

    Instead, he packed up all of his ammo in some "fishing style vest" that his 120 pound body couldn't have carried the amount of ammo needed for all 3 guns. He could have stayed in the Parking Lot and shot up the kids in the Music Room like "shooting fish in a barrel" ! I guess that shooting the easiest targets didn't make sense. So, he decided to somehow get the Principal to come to the door that she decided to not electronically buzz him thru. Then, shoot the Principal. Then, he thought he would attempt to enter the Music Room that was locked. Since it was locked, he then gave up on that room and went to the room across the hallway. That surely didn't have time to hear all of the ruckus, in time enough to lock their classroom door. They just thought the guy screaming to open the door was their to fix the broken glass that they didn't hear break either.

    Look at the Police Statement, then the Aerial Video in HD, and then another Aerial that was later taken that shows the ONLY broken glass. The cops ADMIT that the Police Broke the Door Glass, and that Lanza never broke any door or window to get into the building. So, right there, the police statement on how Lanza entered the building is more than enough to make people start putting 2 and 2 together, and the Sandy Hook math isn't the same as those with a brain.

  8. Anonymous

    I think all of it is strange sum of it just does not feel right it was to calm if you ask me not saying that it didn't happen but if we look to our past with these shooting it was chaos and TEARS no tears here if my son who is 6 was shot to death like this I would be uncontrollable my husband would most likely have to sadate me just seems to calm for me.

  9. Anonymous

    well I have to say all of this is so sad but I also have to look at it from a diff angle look to our past with these shootings chaos TEARS turmoile people injured this was just so calm and no TEARS I have 4 sons 11 8 7 4 and ill tell ya if one of my boys were shot up and killed like that my husband would most likely have to sadate me the reality is any parent who sent their child to school to find that horror was their last most moment on this earth the looked into hate and evil it would be hard for me to get on tv with a smile and say I understand and blah blah nope not this mom or any good mom I have known for gene if its true then he did a good thing not the right 911 is always the first number when children are involved.

  10. Morrison John

    Kim LaCapria My Just sayin you have such a small mind Kim. After I read your article I just couldn't take it in, I just couldn't fathom what you were saying. I hope some day you will reply to this, I know you will. I just want to read your articles, hold them in my hand. LOL