Sandy Hook conspiracy theorists are accused of using social media to target, harass, and threaten family members of victims of the horrifying mass shooting. Cosmopolitan reports that a sister of one of those victims is an apparent target of so-called “truthers” who believe the entire incident was a hoax perpetrated by the government.
It’s been nearly three years since Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Since the horrifying shooting, a number of conspiracy theories have surfaced, but the “truthers” are ones who believe the government hoaxed the incident — much like the Boston Marathon bombing. So why are so-called “truthers” attacking family members of the victims?
— LAKSHMI SINGH (@LAKSHMlSlNGH) December 1, 2015
Raw Story reports that the threats online were so bad that a woman and her husband were too afraid to go home on Saturday. The victims were loved ones of Victoria Leigh Soto, a teacher who died while protecting children from Adam Lanza’s rampage. She has been remembered as a hero from the day Lanza walked through the doors of Sandy Hook Elementary to murder more than two dozen innocent people. Now her sister and her husband are having to relive the horror of what happened in the form of threats made by delusional people who believe the whole disaster never actually happened.
One message received by Brent Parisi (the husband of Soto’s sister) blatantly intended to put fear into the family’s hearts.
“They are coming after you Brent Parisi. The truth is out. They know who you and your wife are. They know where live. You think you won’t be questioned for the actions you do? God watches all.”
The message left Soto’s sister and her husband afraid to return home on Saturday, where they feared they would be put in harm’s way. Their fears also come close to the three-year anniversary of the shooting that took the lives of numerous innocent people, including their loved one.
This also isn’t the first time they’ve been targeted personally by Sandy Hook conspiracy theorists. In November, a Brooklyn man was arrested after he harassed the sister of Vicki Soto. The New York Daily News reports that 32-year-old Matthew Mills was charged with breach of peace after he entered a benefit marathon for the slain teacher in order to confront her sister and her family with his conspiracy ideas.
— BarrySoetoroESQ (@BarrySoetoroESQ) November 29, 2015
— poly (@P01YN0NYM0U55) December 7, 2015
#SandyHookTruther Shows Up at Memorial Run for Slain Teacher, Screams Shooting Was a Hoax https://t.co/FiSNAQksCx
— Scarlett Panos (@PanosScarlett) December 7, 2015
An astonishing number of people think Sandy Hook was a hoax. Those individuals should be the first ones we target to get mental help.
— Kyle Lyddy (@Lydkid) December 7, 2015
On social media, discussion about Sandy Hook and whether or not it was a hoax is still ongoing — even though it’s going on three years since the incident took place. Do you think these conspiracy theorists have a right to keep contacting the loved ones of Sandy Hook shooting victims? Are these people verging into criminal behavior?
[Photo via Twitter/Vicki Soto]