Sandy Hook “truther” James Tracy has been fired from his teaching position at Florida Atlantic University — FAU. Tracy was an outspoken conspiracy theorist after the Newtown massacre three years ago. A notice of termination was issued to Tracy after a Sandy Hook parent complained to FAU officials over alleged harassment by the professor.
James Tracy is being aided in a legal challenge over the FAU firing by the United Faculty of Florida group. The organization is working to have the Sandy Hook truther reinstated, but is doing so outside of the school’s staff appeals process, according to a report in the Sun Sentinel. The professor has vowed to fight the termination on free speech grounds.
— The Palm Beach Post (@pbpost) January 6, 2016
“There’s a lot of stuff people aren’t aware of that I can’t speak to right now. If I did, it would violate Dr. Tracy’s rights,” United Faculty of Florida President Robert Zoeller told the media. The FAU professor is also being represented legally by attorney Tom Johnson.
Tracy operates the Memory Hole blog that details conspiracy theories, such as the Sandy Hook mass shooting, the 9/11 attacks, the Boston Marathon bombing, and the San Bernardino terror attacks, were fake. He was a tenured professor at the Boca Raton college. He began teaching at the public college in 2002.
An excerpt about the professor’s Sandy Hook truther theory from the Memory Hole blog, as republished by the Higher Ed website, follows.
“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.”
The Sandy Hook truther‘s termination notice reportedly stated that the professor had violated school policy for not submitting the proper paperwork regarding employment engaged in off campus. He once sent a letter to Lenny and Veronique Pozner, parents of a Sandy Hook victim, using school property, the Huffington Post reports. According to the couple, James Tracy referred to them as the “alleged parents” of Newtown victim Noah Pozner.
Noah Pozner, 6, was one of 20 children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary school when Adam Lanza walked into the school and opened fire. A total of six staff members were also killed during the December 14, 2012, mass shooting.
The FAU professor also allegedly demanded that proof that they were indeed parents of the child be submitted to the fact before the child’s photo would be pulled from Newtown conspiracy theory websites.
Here’s an excerpt from the op-ed written by the Newtown parents.
“In fact, 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.”
— Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) January 6, 2016
Tracy argued he did not profit monetarily for his blog, but FAU vice provost Diane Alperin said the paperwork he did not file applies to unpaid endeavors as well, the Sun Sentinel reported.
“You publicly engage in external personal activity that requires your time and effort,” she wrote in a letter to Tracy. “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.”
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