NEWTOWN (CBS Connecticut) — A Newtown official is calling on Florida Atlantic University to fire one of its professors who is speculating if the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting actually happened.
According to the Sun Sentinel, Newtown First Selectman E. Patricia Llodra wrote a letter to the university calling it an “embarrassment” that James Tracy is allowed to continue to teach at the university.
“Shame on you, too, FAU, to even have someone like this on your payroll,” Llodra wrote, according to the paper. “I can assure you, sadly, that the events here in Newtown unfolded exactly as are being reported, with the horrible outcome of the violent death of 26 innocent people, including 20 children.”
Tracy has been heavily criticized after offering a conspiracy theory that the Newtown school shooting might have just been a relocated emergency drill gone wrong.
“As documents relating to the Sandy Hook shooting continue to be assessed and interpreted by independent researchers there is a growing awareness that the media coverage of the massacre of 26 children and adults was intended primarily for public consumption to further larger political ends,” Tracy wrote on his Memory Hole blog.
Tracy continued: “What has been revealed and captured in press reports suggests how from missing suspects and evidence to unrevealed corpses much is still unknown and mainstream news outlets have been at least complicit in what could conceivably be described as the Sandy Hook massacre’s constructed reality. In this way unseen and largely unaccountable authorities set the agenda of the reportage through a titillating storyline reliant on an unsettling symbolic landscape to further develop and cultivate audience credulity.”
Florida Atlantic University tried to quell the firestorm, releasing a statement saying they do not back Tracy’s claims.
“I want to make it clear that those views and opinions are not shared by Florida Atlantic University, and I am personally saddened by any media stories that have added to the pain felt by the victims’ families,” FAU President Mary Jane Saudners said in a statement, according to the Sentinel. “FAU joins the entire nation and people around the world in feeling profound grief for the lives lost on that awful day.”
Gunman Adam Lanza gunned down 26 people, including 20 children, before killing himself at the Newtown school last month. He also killed his mother at their home before the massacre. No motive for the shooting has been given.